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Heavy Rainfall March 7th to 9th, 2008

Rainfall Data

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.

A plot map of the observed rainfall amounts for the same period as the MPE graphic has been included. Note the differences in rainfall amount between the MPE and the observed rainfall amounts. One main area extends from the Wilkes-Barre area, through Scranton and Honesdale, to the Cooperstown, Delhi and Schohaire areas. This is showing that the MPE graphic is underestimating the rainfall that fell across that area.


map of rainfall values

map of rainfall values


The following table contains some observed amounts from 8 AM EST March 7th, 2008 to March 9th, 2008.

New York
Location Amount
Adrian1.05
Altamont 2.7 SSW1.68
Andes 6.8 W1.61
Apalachin 3.0 ESE1.37
Arnot Forest1.5
Auburn1.3
Avoca 3.5 N1.1
Bethpage 0.9 NNW2.87
Binghamton 1.8 SW1.63
Bisby Gatehouse at ALC2.41
Bloomingburg2.18
Boonville 0.2 NW1.28
Canastota 0.9 S1.96
Candor 3.3 NE1.51
Carmel Hamlet 5.8 N1.95
Catlin1.28
Cayuga 3.2 ESE1.01
Cincinnatus1.79
Cobleskill 5.7 W1.71
Cooperstown Golf Course Rain Gage1.31
Corning Observer1.58
De Witt 1.4 WSW1.5
Delanson 2.5 NNE1.59
Delhi2.04
Delhi 5.0 ESE1.83
Deposit1.68
Elma 3.5 NE1.37
Elmira 1.3 ESE1.58
Elmira Observer1.47
Endicott 5.2 SSE1.35
Erin2.52
Freeville 1.5 NE2.18
Greene 1.2 ESE1.7
Groton 0.5 NW1.63
Hancock 10.5 SE1.28
Hartsville1.12
Holland Patent 1.5 WSW2.09
Horseheads 1.5 SSE1.41
Hudson 8.2 S3.42
Kattelville 1.0 ESE1.49
Kenmore 2.7 E1.67
Kingston 1.1 W2.87
Lacona 3.6 SSE0.43
Lansing 8.9 N1.24
Mecklenburg1.35
Middle Island 0.8 ESE2.66
Morris1.83
Newark Valley1.5
North Brookfield1.44
North Tonawanda 1.0 NNE1.72
Norwich1.78
Oakfield 6.5 WNW1.48
Oneida 0.7 NNE2.21
Oneonta1.68
Oswego 5.0 ESE1.74
Otisville 0.6 WNW2.01
Perry 0.3 NNW0.58
Phoenix 2.9 SE0.7
Point Rock 0.6 SE1.68
Riverhead 1.3 SSE2.84
Rosendale Village 2.4 NNE2.95
Saratoga Springs 2.0 WSW1.55
Sherburne1.74
Sidney 2.1 NE1.71
Smith Valley 1.9 SE1.35
Southport 3.8 SSW1.46
Stamford 0.7 NNW1.43
Unadilla 7.2 N1.79
Van Etten 0.3 ENE1.9
Vernon 0.4 NNW1.85
Vestal 2.8 SSE1.61
Waverly/Sayre1.29
Whitesboro 3.9 NE2.2
Whitney Point 1.7 SSE1.53
Whitney Point Dam1.47
Willet 1.8 E1.86
Woodridge 5.5 S2.03
Pennsylvania
Location Amount
Abbottstown 2.4 N0.67
Adamstown 2.5 SSE0.96
Aldenville1.56
Allentown 4.2 W1.46
Ancient Oaks 2.3 WNW0.56
Bellefonte 4.3 E1.58
Bernville 1.3 SW0.44
Big Shiney Mtn1.08
Blue Bell 2.3 NW1.73
Boalsburg 1.0 NNW1.32
Bowmanstown 3.0 WSW1.45
Bradford 6.8 S0.76
Bridgeville 1.4 SW0.37
Buckhorn Ridge1.68
Canton1.52
Chapman 6.6 NW1.79
Collegeville 2.8 NW1.71
Columbia Crossroads2
Conyngham 3.9 NE1.07
Dingmans Ferry 3.9 WSW1.76
Dover 4.2 WSW0.79
Dreher1.04
East Smithfield1.48
Edella1.12
Edgemere1.48
Eldred 5.1 W0.92
Equinunk1.45
Erie 5.6 SW0.29
Everett 3.8 SW1.26
Everett 4.1 S0.7
Franklindale2.2
Friendsville 6.8 NE1.71
Germantown1
Gilbertsville 0.9 S1.45
Greencastle 0.3 SSE0.76
Greentown1.5
Harleysville 2.1 SW1.71
Harveys Lake 7.7 SW1.83
Hatfield 0.1 SSW1.76
Hawley 3.8 NE1.17
High Knob1.36
Honesdale1.19
Honesdale 2.4 NW1.37
Hop Bottom1.74
Hugo Corners1.48
Hummelstown 0.6 ESE0.63
Jim Thorpe 1.1 NNE1.52
Jim Thorpe 1.1 NNW1.4
Kulpsville 2.6 SSW1.67
Latrobe 0.6 NW0.63
Lawton1.49
Le Raysville1.72
Lebanon 1.1 S0.7
Lehighton 3.3 WSW1.54
Litchfield1.28
Marysville 5.1 WSW0.8
Merli-Sarnowski1.04
Mifflinburg 1.4 WNW1.27
Milanville 1.5 SE1.27
Monroeton1.77
Montrose1.38
Montrose 4.5 S1.54
Moscow1.23
Muncy 0.5 SSE1.51
Nazareth 2.2 N0.67
Newry 1.9 SSE0.66
North Wales 1.3 WSW2.1
Noxen1.51
Orwell1.33
Orwigsburg 1.9 W1.08
Palmerton 3.9 NE1.39
Palmerton 5.8 ENE0.72
Penn Hills 1.5 E0.81
Pennsburg 3.0 ENE2.01
Philadelphia 4.7 NE2.38
Pleasant Mount1.23
Port Matilda 5.8 E1.46
Port Matilda 6.4 ENE1.42
Pottstown 0.6 SE1.32
Pottstown 2.0 NNE1.33
Pottsville 1.3 WSW1.13
Prompton1.28
Rainsburg 9.0 S0.42
Rainsburg 9.0 SSE0.48
Ramblewood 3.7 WNW1.56
Reading 1.2 SW1.14
Reining Pond1.2
Rileyville1.32
Rockledge 1.3 SE2.41
Schellsburg 2.6 WNW0.56
Schnecksville 2.7 SW1.32
Scrub Oak1.16
Shehawken Lake1.12
Shickshinny1.32
Shrewsbury 1.3 SSE0.7
Souderton 0.6 NNW1.69
Spring Mount 1.3 N1.85
St. Marys 1.7 SE0.89
Stanfordville 0.4 SE1.45
Stoddartsville1.24
Stroudsburg 4.0 W1.71
Thompson 3.9 WNW1.53
Tobyhanna 11.1 NE0.56
Towanda1.72
Towanda 4.6 NNE1.55
Troy1.36
Troy1.78
Tunkhannock1.83
Upper St. Clair 1.7 W1.04
Valley Green 0.8 ENE0.64
Watsontown 0.2 N0.62
Wcdl Radio Tower1.24
Weatherly 1.1 W1.59
Wellsboro 6.5 W2.25
West Hazelton0.84
West Lawn 0.8 S1.25
Westfield 3.7 S1.36
Westmont 1.1 W0.86
Wolfdale 3.3 WNW0.57
Wyncote 1.5 SSW2.02

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