The precipitation diurnal cycle (PDC) varies with the season and location. Its link to large-scale weather circulations has been studied in different regions. However, comparable information is lacking for Central Europe. Two decades of hourly precipitation data were combined with records of objective weather patterns over Germany, focusing on the general atmospheric wind directions (WD). The PDC is characterized by the frequency and the average amount of hourly precipitation. The precipitation frequency generally has two peaks: one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The morning peak of the precipitation amount is small compared to that of the afternoon peak. Remarkably, WD has a prominent influence on the PDC. Days with southwesterly WD have a high afternoon peak and a lower morning peak, while days with northwesterly WD have a high morning peak and a lower afternoon peak. Furthermore, the seasonal variations of PDC are dominated by the seasonal frequency of WD classes. This study presents a general overview of the PDC in Germany with regard to its variation with seasonality, geographical location, elevation, and WD.
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