During the recent CSTAR QPF conference call, it was suggested that previous work containing comprehensive lists of landfalling tropical cyclones (TCs) be provided. Three NC State master’s theses contain lists of landfalling TCs for possible investigation. Feedback from those involved in the project regarding memorable TCs from these lists that presented QPF forecasting challenges is much appreciated. Keep in mind that TCs occurring since 1995 affecting the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic are being selected as candidate cases for further investigation. Below are descriptions of the three theses highlighting relevant tables and figures containing lists of TCs for review. Also provided is a link to the webpage where each thesis can be downloaded.
Croke, 2003: Examining Planetary, Synoptic, and Mesoscale Features that Enhance Precipitation Associated with Landfalling Tropical Cyclones in North Carolina. Table 3.1 (pg.55) provides a list of all TCs resulting in heavy precipitation events from 1953 – 2003. Figure 3.3 (pg.48) shows the tracks of all TCs resulting in heavy precipitation events from 1953 – 2003. Appendix A (pg. 204) provides rainfall data for selected stations across North Carolina for all TCs resulting in heavy precipitation events from 1953 – 2003. Link: http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/ir/handle/1840.16/2306
Harville, 2009: Effects of Appalachian Topography on Precipitation from Landfalling Hurricanes. Figure 3.1 (pg. 57) shows the tracks of all storms of tropical depression strength or greater passing through North Carolina and Virginia that impinged upon the Appalachian Mountains from 1979 – 2006. Table 3.1 (pg. 59) provides a list of TCs from 1979 – 2006 using NARR track classifications that fall under four track categories described on pg. 53. Table 3.2 (pg. 59) provides a list of TCs from 1980 -2001 using ECMWF track classifications that fall under four track categories described on pg. 53. Link: http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/ir/handle/1840.16/2849
Hilderbrand, 2002: Risk Assessment of North Carolina Tropical Cyclones (1925 – 2000). Table 4 (pg. 24) lists all TCs impacting North Carolina and the percent of damage caused by wind, rain, or storm surge for each TC. Appendix A (pg. 85) provides a list of all TCs from 1925 to 2000 that resulted in damage in North Carolina. Appendix B (pg. 88) provides a list of direct landfalling TCs in North Carolina with their associated recorded maximum rainfall. Link: http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/ir/handle/1840.16/2111
The hope is that these lists can provide a starting point for those involved in the project to recall and provide feedback on TCs that presented QPF challenges.