Title Superstorm '93
Type Research Project
Abstract On March 12-15, 1993, a major winter storm affected 26 U.S. states, Cuba and eastern Canada, causing high winds, severe weather, storm surges, heavy rain, record snowfalls, and record low temperatures. During this two year project, Michael Glantz, along with Rebecca Morss, and other NCAR scientists from MMM and CGD, will explore the potential for improving different types of forecasts of similar winter storms, as well as the potential value of such improvements to society. They are studying the event as being representative of a class of events and are approaching the project as a unique and exploratory effort to integrate meteorological and societal impacts knowledge, research, and research applications. The project involves external collaborators from Cuba, Canada, and the University of Colorado.
Participants Michael Glantz
Rebecca Morss
Start Date
Keywords Extreme Climate
Forecast Use & Value
Weather Impacts
Weather Prediction
Research Themes Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes
Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience
Integrated Science and Regional Applications


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