Articles | Volume 16, issue 11
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2391–2402, 2016

Special issue: Risk and uncertainty estimation in natural hazards

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2391–2402, 2016
Research article
21 Nov 2016
Research article | 21 Nov 2016

An analysis of uncertainties and skill in forecasts of winter storm losses

Tobias Pardowitz et al.

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This paper describes an approach to derive probabilistic predictions of local winter storm damage occurrences. Such predictions are subject to large uncertainty due to meteorological forecast uncertainty and uncertainties in modelling weather impacts. The paper aims to quantify these uncertainties and demonstrate that valuable predictions can be made on the district level several days ahead.
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