Extreme Events

An extreme precipitation event in 2008 cost one Upper Midwest town more than a million dollars in infrastructure repairs. Now, other municipalities can simulate how a similar event might affect them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • A series of unusually strong, long-lasting high pressure systems has parked over Greenland this summer. As many a weather forecaster has explained, high pressure generally leads to calm winds and sunny skies, both of which boost temperatures during the all-day sunshine of mid-summer at high latitudes. The conditions contributed to widespread melting of the ice sheet.