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Irene Flood Event August 28, 2011

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Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimates (MPE)

Preliminary data

Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimates (MPE) 24 Hour Total August 27-28, 2011
24 Hour Total August 27-28, 2011
Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimates (MPE) 24 Hour Total August 28-29, 2011
24 Hour Total August 28-29, 2011
Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimates (MPE) 48 Hour Total August 27-29, 2011
48 Hour Total August 27-29, 2011

Other Noteable Flood Events

Definitions

The MPE graphic shown in this section are Multisensor Precipitation Estimates, otherwise known as MPE data. The data used to produce this graphic is a combination of radar and precipitation gages. Source: Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center.

When using MPE data, it is important to remember it is vulnerable to the same inaccuracies that can be caused by either radar or precipitation gages. For radar, problems would be: freezing or frozen precipitation, low topped convection, bright banding, the reflectivity/rainfall relationship in use, calibration of the radar, radar location and elevation, range degradation, and the radar's effective coverage. For precipitation gages, problems come from freezing precipitation, windy conditions, gage siting, undermeasurement by tipping bucket gages in high intensity rainfall, and gage maintenance.

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