What History Tells Us about 2015 U.S. Daily Rainfall Extremes
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What History Tells Us about 2015 U.S. Daily Rainfall Extremes
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    2016

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    Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. (2016) 97 (12): S9–S13
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What History Tells Us about 2015 U.S. Daily Rainfall Extremes
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    Three extreme rainfall events occurred over the contiguous United States in 2015 associated with damages in excess of $1 billion (U.S. dollars)(1): 1) drought-ending May rains and flash floods in Texas (1,2,3) and surrounding states (Wang et al. 2015), 2) near land-falling Hurricane Joaquin in early October associated with catastrophic flooding in South Carolina(1,4), and 3) unseasonable December rains that inundated the Mississippi basin (1,5). Recognizing the a posteriori nature of case study selections, we present a large-scale assessment of extreme daily rainfall events (≥ 20-yr return threshold exceedances) over the entire contiguous United States during 2015. Our evaluation facilitates broader discussions on heavy daily precipitation by placing the 2015 high-impact events into both a national and historical context.
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