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Tip Sheet

For immediate use

Aug.31, 2006 -- No. 392

UNC faculty experts on floods and flooding
can discuss the potential for damage from current storms

The following Carolina faculty are expert sources who can discuss the impact of heavy rains on the topography of North Carolina, whether or not sudden heavy rains are helpful and what potential damage these rains might cause.

Dr. Peter Robinson, professor of geography in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, studies weather patterns. Two years ago, after analyzing a century's worth of weather data across North Carolina, he concluded that the most intense hurricanes to strike the state were not associated with the worst flooding. Instead, they resulted from lingering tropical storms, back-to-back storms and even melting snow. Robinson's latest book, "North Carolina Weather and Climate," was published in fall 2005. In the 1970s, Robinson was North Carolina's state climatologist. He can be reached at 962-3875 (office) or 280-9710 (home).
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Dr. Charles E. Konrad, associate professor of geography, studies climate, including hurricanes. He is especially interested in the relationship between atmospheric patterns such as circulation and moisture and weather events such as heavy rainfall, snowstorms, tornadoes and high winds. His work, which focuses on scales ranging from planetary events to local conditions, can be applied to weather forecasting. He can be reached at 962-3873 (office) or 380-1695 (home).
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