Extreme Precipitation Blog

Hurricane Matthew: By The Numbers

It has been over 10 years since the east coast of the United States has seen a major (category 3 or higher) hurricane hit its shores. Not since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 has a hurricane with such intensity moved ashore in the United States. Hurricane Matthew, which...

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40th Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood

An afternoon thunderstorm situated in just the right place can spark a chain of events that can completely change a community and how it learns to respond to a flooding disaster. Such was the case the evening of July 31st above the Big Thompson Canyon in Colorado, 60...

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Stunning Microburst in Phoenix

Phoenix, along with much of the rest of the country, has been battling with excessive heat for most of the summer. In the southwest this dry heat, combined with their summer monsoonal rainfalls, can create a virulent effect in the atmosphere that accompanies the rain,...

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Deadly West Virginia Floods

The last weekend in June, a series of large thunderstorms produced historically heavy rainfall across much of West Virginia, ultimately resulting in the loss of 23 lives. The mountainous, complex landscape of West Virginia makes flooding an especially dangerous...

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