Buyer beware: Some words of caution on the use of severe wind reports in postevent assessment and research

Robert J. Trapp, Dustan M. Wheatley, Nolan T. Atkins, Ronald W. Przybylinski, Ray Wolf

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Abstract

Postevent damage surveys conducted during the Bow Echo and Mesoscale Convective Vortex Experiment demonstrate that the severe thunderstorm wind reports in Storm Data served as a poor characterization of the actual scope and magnitude of the surveyed damage. Contrasting examples are presented in which a few reports grossly underrepresented a significant event (in terms of property damage and actual areal coverage of damage), while a large number of reports overrepresented a relatively less significant event. Explanations and further discussion of this problem are provided, as are some of the implications, which may include a skewed understanding of how and when systems of thunderstorms cause damage. A number of recommendations pertaining to severe wind reporting are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-415
Number of pages8
JournalWeather and Forecasting
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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