An Initial Assessment of Radar Data Assimilation on Warm Season Rainfall Forecasts for Use in Hydrologic Models

Damages from flooding continue to increase across the United States. In an effort to improve the ability to predict rainfall amounts to forecast flash flooding, researchers analyzed 12 heavy rainfall cases in and around Iowa and ran different simulations. Simulations using radar data improved the ability to capture the nature of storms, promising more accurate guidance for flash flood warnings.

Moser, B., W.A. Gallus Jr., and R. Mantilla. “An Initial Assessment of Radar Data Assimilation on Warm Season Rainfall Forecasts for Use in Hydrologic Models,” American Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1175/WAF-D-14-00125.1, 2015.