Original Paper

Natural Hazards

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 485-494

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

  • Tamara G. HoustonAffiliated withNOAA National Climatic Data Center Email author 
  • , Stanley A. ChangnonAffiliated withChangnon Climatologist

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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.


Freezing rain Freezing rain events Associated weather conditions Regional differences