The Tropical Cyclone QPF/Boundary Interaction group is looking to identify tropical cyclones that interacted with boundaries and caused forecast problems for forecasters. WFO Raleigh NC State student volunteer Rebecca Duell recently identified a total of 54 Tropical Cyclones (TCs) that moved through the CSTAR domain shown below since 1995. The domain is likely larger than the final study domain but we intended to cast a wide net since it would be easier to eliminate cases upon further analysis. The cases were initially identified via a geographic search of all TCs that moved through the domain based on the Atlantic tropical cyclone track maps by year provided by the AOML website. These cases were then cross checked with the 3 resources provided by Jordan Dale which were from 3 NC State master’s theses that contain lists of landfalling TCs in or near a portion of the study region.
The cases were added to a spreadsheet and they should provide an initial starting point for investigation for additional case identification. The spreadsheet contains a list of the storms with the year, storm name, the intensity at landfall or closest approach (TS/Cat1-2/Cat3+), landfall location, a link to the HPC precipitation analysis map, and the NHC report for the storm.
Dr. Gary Lackmann and Jordan Dale are currently working to trim the list down to a manageable subset of cases for further investigation. Once that list is available, they will likely be looking for input from WFO’s and other CSTAR participants.