Feb 20, 2017

Extreme winds and precipitation during landfall of atmospheric rivers

Duane Waliser, Bin Guan
Nature Geoscience
  • Analyzes data from 1997-2014 to investigate the impact of ARs on wind and precipitation extremes
  • Finds that landfalling ARs are associated with about 40–75% of extreme wind and precipitation events over 40% of the world’s coastlines
  • Results show that the majority of extreme European wind events catalogued between 1997 and 2013 with billion US dollar losses were associated with ARs
  • Concludes that landfalling ARs can represent a significant hazard around the globe because of their association with extreme precipitation and winds