A Review of Significant Weather Events Occurring in 2018 (272)

Greg Carbin, NOAA/NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD



This annual NWA presentation provides an overview of hazardous weather episodes impacting life and property within the United States during 2018. Selected events will be presented in quasi-chronological order and described with photos, maps, and loops of satellite and radar data. While many of the events selected for this talk captured the attention of the media and public, some of these &ldquometeorological memories&rdquo may have been forgotten as more substantial weather events occurred throughout the year. This review will highlight some of the &ldquobig stories&rdquo, as well as smaller short-term events. The presentation will include descriptions of significant and deadly weather events of the past year including winter storms, tornadoes, and floods. Along with the meteorological set-up for each event, an impact summary will also be provided.

Given the national scope and varied responsibilities of the Weather Prediction Center, high impact weather events ranging from winter storms to devastating floods are analyzed and forecast regularly. These responsibilities provide the WPC with a unique opportunity to interpret data related to extreme weather across the nation. This diversified experience, and the availability of large, high-resolution, archived datasets, provide for this type of informative presentation.

This will be the 15th annual review of significant weather conducted for those attending the National Weather Association Annual Meeting.