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This research was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Global Programs (NOAA-OGP), Award No. NA96GP0451, with the able assistance of Bill Murray, Caitlin Simpson, and Rick Lawford. Additional support was provided by the U.S. Weather Research Program. The authors are particularly grateful for the assistance of Frank Richards and Joanna Dionne of the National Weather Service (NWS) Hydrologic Information Center and other NWS staff including Paul Polger and John Ogren (Silver Spring, MD) and Robert Glancy and Frank Cooper (Denver, CO).
Valuable assistance and comments were received from David Wingerd, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Stan Changnon and Ken Kunkel, Illinois State Water Survey; Bill Cappuccio, National Flood Insurance Program (Iowa); Lisa Flax, National Ocean Service; Jacki Monday, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center; Kathleen Miller, National Center for Atmospheric Research; and Tom Grazulis, The Tornado Project.
Many state emergency management agencies provided information for this study. We are especially grateful to Michael Sabbaghian, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, for providing data and assistance related to the California 1998 El Niño disaster. Information was also provided by:
Much assistance was provided by librarians at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, CO, and the staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers library at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Finally, special thanks to Jennifer Oxelson for constructing the website, to Roberta Klein for helpful comments on the manuscript, and to D. Jan Stewart, Anne Oman, and Jan Hopper for preparing the report for publication.