Natural Hazards

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 485–494

Freezing rain events: a major weather hazard in the conterminous US

Authors

    • NOAA National Climatic Data Center
  • Stanley A. Changnon
    • Changnon Climatologist
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11069-006-9006-0

Cite this article as:
Houston, T.G. & Changnon, S.A. Nat Hazards (2007) 40: 485. doi:10.1007/s11069-006-9006-0

Abstract

Freezing rain (FZRA) is well documented as a major weather hazard, producing damage to structures, the environment, and humans, and delaying various operations such as transportation. Assessing the risk of freezing rain events requires information for various areas of the nation about the frequency, duration, and intensity of these events along with the associated weather conditions that affect the damage caused by freezing rain. This includes temperatures (dry and wet bulb), the amount of precipitation, and winds during freezing rain. The purpose of this work was to develop a national and regional climatology of freezing rain events in the US for the period of 1928–2001 to addresses these conditions.

Keywords

Freezing rainFreezing rain eventsAssociated weather conditionsRegional differences

Abbreviations

US

United States

FZRA

Freezing rain

FOS

First Order Station

NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

CDMP

Climate Database Modernization Program

LST

Local Standard Time

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006