A Precipitation Climatology of Major Atlantic Basin Hurricanes from 2002-2018

Faculty Sponsor

Kevin Goebbert


Arts and Sciences


Department of Geography and Meteorology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2019


Objective assessment of tropical cyclone precipitation has proven to be a significant challenge due mainly to the lack of observations over the open ocean. Advancements in satellite observations, such as those with the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) suite, have allowed forecasters to quantify the precipitation capacity and tracking of these systems with greater accuracy. However, despite the improvements in hurricane tracking via satellite, there is a relative lack of research regarding the precipitation characteristics of hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. This study aims to utilize the GOES Precipitation Index (GPI) to relate the distribution of rainfall throughout major Atlantic Basin hurricanes through several perspectives, such as categorical ratings and climatic trends. The study will focus on hurricanes that occurred between the years of 2002 and 2018 to develop a short climatology of major Atlantic Basin hurricanes. Such a climatology may be informative upon the potential rainfall risks associated with the observed trend in tropical cyclone intensity.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Savannah Jorgensen is a senior Meteorology major with minors in Environmental Studies and Mathematics at Valparaiso University. She is aspiring to attend graduate school to research climate dynamics and their impacts.

Eric Goldenstern is a senior Meteorology major and Mathematics minor at Valparaiso University. He is aspiring to graduate school to study the applications of satellite meteorology in operational forecasting.

Brenda Herman is a junior Meteorology major with a minor in Geographic Information System (GIS) at Valparaiso University. She is working on getting an internship for the summer.

Angela Mose is a junior Meteorology major and German minor at Valparaiso University. She plans to spend her summer working on a research project at the NWS Office in Rapid City, SD.

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