SCIPP RISA’s preliminary summary report of Hurricane Barry now available

SCIPP RISA released a preliminary summary report describing details of Hurricane Barry. Barry was unique in many ways, from where it originated to its complex structure. It was also slow to develop a defined storm center and once formed, it became detached from the mid-level circulation, making it difficult to initialize and forecast. The storm will be remembered for producing record-breaking tropical cyclone rainfall totals in Arkansas, knocking down power lines and trees, and its inability to live up to forecasted extreme precipitation totals in Louisiana. The preliminary summary contains information on the storm’s development and tracking, precipitation forecasts and observed totals, and factors that limited Barry from becoming the extreme rainmaker in Louisiana that many expected.

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