Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Technical note
07 May 2018
Technical note |  | 07 May 2018

Technical note: Space–time analysis of rainfall extremes in Italy: clues from a reconciled dataset

Andrea Libertino, Daniele Ganora, and Pierluigi Claps

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A new comprehensive dataset of annual maximum rainfall depths recorded in 1 to 24 consecutive hours in Italy is presented. More than 4500 stations are considered, spanning the period between 1916 and 2014. For the first time, a national dataset of annual maxima allows for an updated characterization of rainstorms in Italy, getting rid of the regional borders. The spatio-temporal analyses of the highest rainstorms represent a robust starting point for the assessment of the extreme rainfall risk.