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The primary objective of this study is to address the need for development of engineering-based damage assessment models which are applicable to any region of the U.S., and for a full range of potential tornado characteristics (e.g. size, intensity, duration), providing an alternative to the existing empirical models.
Recent localized flooding events in Bermuda motivate an examination of the daily rainfall record, to determine trends and variability of rainfall accumulations. The flood catalogue events are related to daily rainfall amounts to develop a threshold daily rainfall for flood events, determined to be on average 39.3mm of rain.
Objectives for the proposed project include establishing a climatology and a historical trend analysis that will link thermodynamic and dynamic changes with extreme precipitation events, and developing an Extreme Flood Index (EFI).
This project seeks to increase the understanding of the intensity and frequency of hailstorms in order to better assess the risk hailstorms pose to (re)insurance companies.