Extreme Weather Records

Extreme Weather Records Compilation, Adjudication, and Publication BY RANDAL L S. CERVENY, JAY LAWRIMORE, ROGER EDWARDS, AN D CHRISTOPHER LANDSEA n a world with increasing 24/7 media coverage of or meteorological body tasked with creating and disasters, carelessness in the use of the word "record" maintaining a list of extreme weather events, because in relation to weather has increased. Several times many factors—such as the type of instrumentation, during the passage and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the site exposure, the calibration of the recording (2005), some members of the media referred to the instrument , and even the frequency of measure- undoubtedly horrific event as the "worst disaster of all ment—are critical elements of an official evaluation time." While economically that may perhaps prove to of a weather record. It should be noted that the pri- be true, and such overstatement does capture either the vate sector also maintains a wide range of observing listener's or reader's interest, it leads to a potentially dis- systems and contains many users of weather records. torted view of weather. As Kunkel et al. (1999) stated, How best to incorporate the private sector in weather the upward trend in economic losses due to extreme record keeping http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

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American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/BAMS-88-6-853
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Compilation, Adjudication, and Publication BY RANDAL L S. CERVENY, JAY LAWRIMORE, ROGER EDWARDS, AN D CHRISTOPHER LANDSEA n a world with increasing 24/7 media coverage of or meteorological body tasked with creating and disasters, carelessness in the use of the word "record" maintaining a list of extreme weather events, because in relation to weather has increased. Several times many factors—such as the type of instrumentation, during the passage and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the site exposure, the calibration of the recording (2005), some members of the media referred to the instrument , and even the frequency of measure- undoubtedly horrific event as the "worst disaster of all ment—are critical elements of an official evaluation time." While economically that may perhaps prove to of a weather record. It should be noted that the pri- be true, and such overstatement does capture either the vate sector also maintains a wide range of observing listener's or reader's interest, it leads to a potentially dis- systems and contains many users of weather records. torted view of weather. As Kunkel et al. (1999) stated, How best to incorporate the private sector in weather the upward trend in economic losses due to extreme record keeping

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Jun 1, 2007

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