Revisiting the statewide climate extremes for the United States: Evaluating existing extremes, archived data, and new observations

Karsten A. Shein, Dennis P. Todey, F. Adnan Akyuz, James R. Angel, Timothy M. Kearns, James L. Zdrojewski

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Abstract

Experts suggest that ensuring valid climate extremes for each state in the US requires information from the archives and establishment of a new, objective methodology for evaluating challengers. They state that these steps are essential as the quantification of extreme conditions has tangible benefits to society and to science. Record values, along with lesser but still extreme meteorological values, establish exceedance levels and return intervals that are used to plan infrastructure design limits, set development restrictions, and develop public safety and disaster recovery plans. It has been found that verifiable and observed extremes provide a conceptual understanding of the range of conditions that can be expected at a given location or over a certain area. Efforts are being made in the country to continually report and track national and statewide weather records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-402
Number of pages10
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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