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Lesley L. Smith
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 497-6172
E-mail: lesley.l.smith@noaa.gov
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NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
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Extreme Precipitation in California


See also the preliminary 2016/2017 California Rainy Season analysis

All plots here are preliminary.

Daily Precipitation

Model Experiments

Running 5-day Accumulations

NCAR CESM1 Large Ensemble Data


Probability Density Functions


Above, black curve = 181 years x 365 days/yr x 40 runs = 2,642,600 data points
Colored curves = 181 years x ~30days/month x 40 runs = 217,200 data points

     
Above, black curve = 181 years x 31 days/month x 40 runs = 217,200 data points
Colored curves = 50 years x 31days/month x 40 runs = 62,000 data points

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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Other Models


           

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PRISM Data

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winter 2016-2017 season


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analysis from 2014:

Climate Forecast System v2 AMIP data


Using concatenated 50-member ensemble CFSv2 AMIP runs 1979-2013:
95th Percentile Global Precipitation: daily case:

Zooming in on Northern California:

How wet is each year?

Number of times the 95th Percentile is exceeded per year per 50 concatenated runs:









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95th Percentile California Precipitation multi-day cases:
Notice the contour levels below vary:
2-day case:



3-day case:



5-day case:



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Using the concatenated 50-member ensemble we also computed the 99th Percentile Precip. Then, for each run, we composited the cases that were equal to or exceeded this 99th percentile. The mean and standard deviations of these 50 composites are below:


As a check of all this, mean daily precipitation:

Notice the contour levels are 4 times smaller here than above.