A slow moving cold front, abundant moisture and an upper level system produced locally heavy
rainfall across parts of central New York from the evening of August 8th to August
9th, 2013. Several reports of flooding and wind damage can be found in the Preliminary Local Storm
Pictures of the flooding taken by the public can be found via the National
Weather Service Binghamton Facebook page.
The MPE graphics
shown in this section are Multisensor Precipitation Estimates, otherwise known as MPE data. The data
used to produce this graphic is a combination of radar and precipitation gages. Source: Middle
Atlantic River Forecast Center.
When using MPE
data, it is important to remember it is vulnerable to the same inaccuracies that can be caused by
either radar or precipitation gages. For radar, problems would be: freezing or frozen precipitation,
low topped convection, bright banding, the reflectivity/rainfall relationship in use, calibration of
the radar, radar location and elevation, range degradation, and the radar's effective coverage.
For precipitation gages, problems come from freezing precipitation, windy conditions, gage siting,
undermeasurement by tipping bucket gages in high intensity rainfall, and gage maintenance.
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