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KMXX Rainfall Estimates vs. Gage Reports

Figure 6: The KMXX radar was just the opposite of KBMX, with the radar totals higher than gage totals at 70% of the stations. Unfortunately, the maximum rainfall total for the STP product was set at 15 inches. Therefore, it was not possible to compare rainfall data over much of southwest Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. However, there were several gage sites across southwest Alabama that reported below 15 inches, and so it can be assumed that the radar was also overestimating in this area. The majority of the gage sites in which the radar totals were less than gage totals were to the south and southeast of the radar site.