34th Conference on Radar Meteorology


Multi-sensor precipitation reanalysis

Brian R. Nelson, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC; and D. J. Seo and D. Kim

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), in collaboration with the National Weather Service (NWS), has implemented the NWS's operational Multisensor Precipitation Estimation (MPE) algorithm in a reanalysis mode for use with the historical NEXRAD data, the Digital Precipitation Array (DPA) products. The aim is to develop a radar-based precipitation data set over the Continental U.S (CONUS) suitable for climatological, hydroclimatological and hydrologic applications. Initial results in a pilot domain show improvement in the MPR products over Stage IV. The MPR has the advantage of being able to use the best available input data sets, advanced quality control methods and improved algorithms. Implementing MPR in the CONUS domain is a large challenge. In this presentation, we describe data management and organization, including handling of missing values (both radar and gauge), present examples of gauge-only, radar-only and the radar-gauge merged products, and identify issues in bias correcting radar QPE and merging bias-corrected radar QPE and rain gauge data at the CONUS scale.

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Session 7A, Quantitative Precipitation Estimation
Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, Auditorium

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