Evaluating NEXRAD Multisensor Precipitation Estimates for Operational Hydrologic Forecasting
Bradley, A. Allen
Krajewski, Witold F.
American Meteorological Society
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Next-Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) multisensor precipitation estimates will be used for a host of applications that include operational streamflow forecasting at the National Weather Service River Forecast Centers (RFCs) and nonoperational purposes such as studies of weather, climate, and hydrology. Given these expanding applications, it is important to understand the quality and error characteristics of NEXRAD multisensor products. In this paper, the issues involved in evaluating these products are examined through an assessment of a 5.5-yr record of multisensor estimates from the Arkansas–Red Basin RFC. The objectives were to examine how known radar biases manifest themselves in the multisensor product and to quantify precipitation estimation errors. Analyses included comparisons of multisensor estimates based on different processing algorithms, comparisons with gauge observations from the Oklahoma Mesonet and the Agricultural Research Service Micronet, and the application of a validation framework to quantify error characteristics. This study reveals several complications to such an analysis, including a paucity of independent gauge data. These obstacles are discussed and recommendations are made to help to facilitate routine verification of NEXRAD products.
Copyright 2000 American Meteorological Society
Young, C. Bryan, A. Allen Bradley, Witold F. Krajewski, Anton Kruger, and Mark L. Morrissey. "Evaluating NEXRAD Multisensor Precipitation Estimates for Operational Hydrologic Forecasting." J. Hydrometeor Journal of Hydrometeorology 1.3 (2000): 241-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/1525-7541(2000)001<0241:ENMPEF>2.0.CO;2
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