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ISRN Atmospheric Sciences
Volume 2014, Article ID 798289, 5 pages
Research Article

Rain Height Statistics Based on 0°C Isotherm Height Using TRMM Precipitation Data for Earth-Space Satellite Links in Nigeria

Department of Physics, The Federal University of Technology, Akure PMB 704, Akure 340213, Nigeria

Received 15 January 2014; Accepted 9 March 2014; Published 23 March 2014

Academic Editors: L. Mona, I. A. Pérez, and C. Serio

Copyright © 2014 Joseph Sunday Ojo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In the prediction of attenuation due to precipitation related phenomena, the 0°C isotherm height plays a vital role. In this paper, 2 years of precipitation data obtained from the Tropical Rain Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite had been analyzed to establish the distribution of rain height based on 0°C isotherm heights over six locations in Nigeria. Probability of exceedance of rain heights in each of the locations was compared between the two seasons in Nigeria. Rain heights distribution was also compared with the ITU-R P.839 recommendation. The overall results show seasonal, rainfall type’s dependence and overestimation of the rain height predicted by the ITU for Nigeria.