Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Post-disaster climatology for hurricanes and tornadoes in the United States: 2000-2009
by Edwards, Jennifer L., M.A., Kent State University, 2013, 128; 1555294
Abstract (Summary)

Natural disasters can be very devastating to the public during their impact phase. After a natural disaster impacts a region, the response and recovery phases begin immediately. Weather conditions may interrupt emergency response and recovery in the days following the disaster. This study analyzes the climatology of weather conditions during the response and recovery phases of hurricanes and tornadoes to understand how weather may impact both environment and societal needs. Using specific criteria, 66 tornadoes and 16 hurricane cases were defined. National Weather Service (NWS) recognized weather stations were used to provide temperature, precipitation, snowfall, relative humidity, wind speed, and wind direction data. Regional and temporal groups were defined for tornado cases, but only one group was defined for hurricanes. By applying statistical analysis to weather observations taken in the week following the disasters, a climatology was developed for the response and recovery phase. Tornado and hurricane post-disaster climate closely mimicked their synoptic climatology with cooler and drier weather prevailing in days 2-4 after a disaster until the next weather system arrived about 5 days later. Winter tornadoes trended to occur in the Southeast and were associated with more extreme temperature differences than in other regions and season. The results of this study may help governmental and non-governmental organizations prepare for weather conditions during the post-disaster phase.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmidlin, Thomas
Commitee: Munro-Stasiuk, Mandy, Sheridan, Scott
School: Kent State University
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Physical geography, Climate Change, Meteorology, Atmospheric sciences
Keywords: Emergency management climatology, Emergency response climatology, Hurricane climatology, Post-disaster climatology, Tornado climatology
Publication Number: 1555294
ISBN: 9781303874451