The "perfect storm": From across the Atlantic to the hills of Genoa

A. Parodi, G. Boni, L. Ferraris, F. Siccardi, P. Pagliara, E. Trovatore, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, D. Kranzlmueller

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The city of Genoa, Italy, nestled between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennine Mountains, was rocked by severe flash foods on 4 November 2011. About 500 millimeters of raina third of the average annual rainfallfell in 6 hours, killing six people and devastating the city center. A storm of this intensity is considered to be a multicentennial-return-period event. The torrential rainfall inflicted the worst disaster Genoa has experienced since October 1970, when a similar event killed 25 people. The peculiar fine-scale properties of this event motivate a comprehensive research effort in the field of predictability of severe rainfall processes over areas of complex orography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-226
Number of pages2
Issue number24
StatePublished - 2012


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