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April Showers Bring May Flowers…And FLOODING

Contributed by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive

Beware_Road_Subject_To_FloodingDuring the recent cold and snowy winter, hundreds of our clients used our forensic weather reports for slip and fall cases, where it is important to determine the exact amount of snow and ice at a specific location.  As we move into Spring, we want to remind you that the same Doppler radar technology used for snow and ice cases is also used to determine exact amounts of rainfall at specific locations.  We call this type of analysis our Rainfall/Flooding Report. It includes hourly rainfall totals and normals, 24 hour rainfall totals and normals, as well as an evaluation of the frequency of a rainfall of this magnitude, which helps to determine if the rainfall experienced was unusual for this location.  In some cases, you may want to couple the Rainfall/Flooding Report with a Rainfall Threshold Study, which looks at historical data over many years or decades to see how often a specific location has been exposed to the amount of rainfall determined in the Rainfall/Flooding report.

Rainfall amounts can vary greatly by location, especially when thunderstorm related.  By analyzing Doppler radar images, we can provide you with a report that is specific to your location, rather than relying solely on information from a reporting station miles away.