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Hurricane Harvey

HARC scientists have been working to compile data about the impacts of flooding in our region.

We all know that our region is facing enormous challenges as we grapple with flooding. While many factors such as development patterns and climate change affect flood risk, it comes down to how much rainfall we get and how runoff from storm events can be managed. Accurate information on rainfall amounts is essential to address these threats. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are developing revised predictions for major storm events based on historical rainfall data including the record-setting rainfall amounts of Hurricane Harvey. This is part of a national effort to provide a comprehensive atlas of precipitation for storms of various durations and return periods. Known as Atlas 14, this forthcoming NOAA publication contains the latest rainfall data for much of the United States. The Atlas is now the official U.S. Government source of precipitation frequency estimates.