3.3 The 2015 Storm Season in the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex: Record Rain, Floods, and Severe Weather

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 2:00 PM
Room 338/339 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Brenda J. Philips, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; and C. League, V. Chandrasekar, F. Junyent, D. J. Seo, and J. T. Bradshaw

May 2015 was the wettest month recorded in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex since 1927. According to state climatology records, 16.96 inches of rain fell at the DFW Airport. The storms that caused these record rains also brought floods, tornados, hail and winds to the area. This presentation will show how cities of varying sizes within the greater DFW Metroplex prepared for and responded to the challenging spring storm season, focusing on how these organizations use weather information. Focus groups were conducted with emergency managers, stormwater managers, public works personnel, and police to elicit this information. One focus of the presentation will be the on the communities' use of real time, high resolution QPE and hydrologic data from the CASA network of x-band radars that operate in the region.
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