Articles | Volume 21, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5823–5846, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5823-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5823–5846, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5823-2017

Research article 24 Nov 2017

Research article | 24 Nov 2017

Simple scaling of extreme precipitation in North America

Silvia Innocenti et al.

Data sets

Hourly Canadian precipitation data (HCPD) and Maximum daily precipitation data (MDPD) Environment Climate Change Canada https://doi.org/10.17616/R3N012

15 min precipitation data (15PD) and hourly precipitation data (HPD), NOAA https://doi.org/10.17616/R32059

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Short summary
The relationship among the extreme rainfall probability distributions and the temporal scales of observation is characterized by the use of scaling models. The validity, the magnitude, and the spatial variability of the estimated scaling laws are evaluated for ~2700 stations in North America. Results demonstrate an improvement of extreme rainfall inference and provide evidence for the influence of both local geographical characteristics and regional climatic features on rainfall scaling.