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Journal Articles with Atmospheric River Focus

Ault, A., C. Williams, A. White, P. Neiman, J. Creamean, C. Gaston, M. Ralph, and K. Prather, 2011: Detection of Asian Dust in California Orographic Precipitation. J. of Geophys. Res. – Atmos., 116, D16205, doi:10.1029/2010JD015351.
Dettinger, M.D., 2011: Climate change, atmospheric rivers and floods in California—A multimodel analysis of storm frequency and magnitude changes. J. Am. Water Resources Assoc., 47(3), 514-523, doi:10.1111/j.1752-1688.2011.00546.x.
Dettinger, M.D., Ralph, F.M., Das, T., Neiman, P.J., and Cayan, D., 2011: Atmospheric rivers, floods, and the water resources of California. Water, 3 (Special Issue on Managing Water Resources and Development in a Changing Climate), 455-478, doi:10.3390/w3020445.
Dettinger, M. D., F. M. Ralph, M. Hughes, T. Das, P. J. Neiman, D. Cox, G. Estes, D. Reynolds, R. Hartman, D. Cayan, and L. Jones, 2012: Design and quantification of an extreme winter storm scenario for emergency preparedness and planning exercises in California. Nat. Hazards, 60, 1085-1111, doi:10.1007/s11069-011-9894-5.
Dirmeyer, P. A., and J. L. Kinter III, 2010: Floods over the U.S. Midwest: A regional water cycle perspective. J. Hydrometeor., 11, 1172-1181, doi:10.1175/2010JHM1196.1.
Guan, B., D.E. Waliser, N.P. Molotch, E.J. Fetzer, and P.J. Neiman, 2012: Does the Madden-Julian oscillation influence wintertime atmospheric rivers and snowpack in the Sierra Nevada? Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 325-342, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-11-00087.1.
Guan, B., N. P. Molotch, D. E. Waliser, E. J. Fetzer, and P. J. Neiman, 2010: Extreme snowfall events linked to atmospheric rivers and surface air temperature via satellite measurements. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L20401, doi:10.1029/2010GL044696.
Halverson, J. B. and T. D. Rabenhorst, 2010: Mega-snow in the Megalopolis: The Mid-Atlantic's blockbuster winter of 2009–2010. Weatherwise, 63, 16-23, doi:10.1080/00431672.2010.490164.
Houze, R. A., Jr., 2012: Orographic effects on precipitating clouds. Rev. Geophys., 50, RG1001, 47pp., doi:10.1029/2011RG000365.
Hughes, M., P. J. Neiman, E. Sukovich and F. M. Ralph, 2012: Representation of the Sierra Barrier Jet in 11 years of a high-resolution dynamical reanalysis downscaling compared with long-term wind profiler observations. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., (in press).
Jankov, I., J.-W. Bao, P. J. Neiman, P. J. Schultz, Y. Huiling, and A. B. White, 2009. Evaluation and comparison of microphysical algorithms in ARW-WRF model simulations of atmospheric river events affecting the California coast. J. Hydrometeor., 10, 847-870, doi:10.1175/2009JHM1059.1.
Kaplan, M. L., C. S. Adaniya, P. J. Marzette, K. C. King, S. J. Underwood, and J. M. Lewis, 2009. The Role of Upstream Midtropospheric Circulations in the Sierra Nevada Enabling Leeside (Spillover) Precipitation. Part II: A Secondary Atmospheric River Accompanying a Midlevel Jet. J. Hydrometeor., 10, 1327-1354, doi:10.1175/2009JHM1106.1.
Kirby, M.E., S.R.H. Zimmerman, W.P. Patterson, and J.J. Rivera, 2012: A 9170-year record of decadal-to-multi-centennial scale pluvial episodes from the coastal Southwest United States: A role for atmospheric rivers? Quat. Sci. Rev., 46, 57-65, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.05.008.
Krichak, Simon O., Joseph S. Breitgand, Steven B. Feldstein, 2012: A Conceptual Model for the Identification of Active Red Sea Trough Synoptic Events over the Southeastern Mediterranean. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 51, 962-971, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-11-0223.1
Lavers, D. A., R. P. Allan, E. F. Wood, G. Villarini, D. J. Brayshaw, and A. J. Wade, Winter floods in Britain are connected to atmospheric rivers. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L23803, doi:10.1029/2011GL049783.
Leung L. R, and Y. Qian, 2009. Atmospheric rivers induced heavy precipitation and flooding in the Western U.S. simulated by the WRF regional climate model. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L03820, doi:10.1029/2008GL036445
Ma, Z., W. Y.-H. Kuo, F. M. Ralph, P. J. Neiman, G. A. Wick, E. Sukovich, and B. Wang, 2011: Assimilation of GPS radio occultation data for an intense atmospheric river with the NCEP Regional GSI system. Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 2170 - 2183.
Matrosov, Sergey Y., 2012: Observations of Wintertime U.S. West Coast Precipitating Systems with W-Band Satellite Radar and Other Spaceborne Instruments. J. Hydrometeor., 13, 223-238. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-10-05025.1.
Moore, B.J., P.J. Neiman, F.M. Ralph, F. Barthold, 2012: Physical processes associated with heavy flooding rainfall in Nashville, Tennessee and vicinity during 1-2 May 2010: The role of an atmospheric river and mesoscale convective systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 358-378, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-11-00126.1.
Neiman, P. J., F.M. Ralph, G.A. Wick, J. Lundquist, and M.D. Dettinger, 2008a: Meteorological characteristics and overland precipitation impacts of atmospheric rivers affecting the West Coast of North America based on eight years of SSM/I satellite observations. J. Hydrometeor., 9, 22-47, doi:10.1175/2007JHM855.1.
Neiman, P. J., F.M. Ralph, G.A. Wick, Y.-H. Kuo, T.-K. Wee, Z. Ma, G.H. Taylor, and M.D. Dettinger, 2008b: Diagnosis of an intense atmospheric river impacting the Pacific Northwest: Storm summary and offshore vertical structure observed with COSMIC satellite retrievals. Mon. Wea. Rev., 136, 4398-4420, doi:10.1175/2008MWR2550.1.
Neiman, P. J., L. J. Schick, F. M. Ralph, M. Hughes, G. A. Wick, 2011: Flooding in Western Washington: The Connection to Atmospheric Rivers. J. Hydrometeor., 12, 1337-1358, doi:10.1175/2011JHM1358.1.
Newman, M., G. N. Kiladis, K. M. Weickman, F. M. Ralph and P.D. Sardeshmuhk, 2012: Relative contributions of synoptic and low-frequency eddies to time-mean atmospheric moisture transport, including the role of atmospheric rivers. J. Climate, (early online release), doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00665.1.
Porter, K., Cox, D., Alpers, C., Barnard, P., Carter, J., Dettinger, M., Ferris, J., Morman, S., Perry, S., Plumlee, G., Stock, J., Strong, D., Wein, A., Ralph, F.M., Reynolds, D., Wills, C., Schaefer, K., Olsen, A., Topping, K., Rose, A., Serakos, J., and Eymann, M., Jan 2011: Overview of the ARkStorm scenario, USGS Open File Report, 2010-1312, 72 p.
Ralph, F. M., and M. D. Dettinger, 2012: Historical and national perspectives on extreme West Coast precipitation associated with atmospheric rivers during December 2010. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93, 783-790, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00188.1.
Ralph, F.M., and M.D. Dettinger, 2011: Storms, Floods and the Science of Atmospheric Rivers. EOS, Transactions, Amer. Geophys. Union., 92, 265-266, doi:10.1029/2011EO320001.
Ralph, F. M., P. J. Neiman, G. N. Kiladis, K. Weickman, and D. W. Reynolds, 2011: A multi-scale observational case study of a Pacific atmospheric river exhibiting tropical-extratropical connections and a mesoscale frontal wave. Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 1169-1189, doi:10.1175/2010MWR3596.1.
Ralph, F. M., P. J. Neiman, and R. Rotunno, 2005: Dropsonde Observations in Low-Level Jets Over the Northeastern Pacific Ocean from CALJET-1998 and PACJET-2001: Mean Vertical-Profile and Atmospheric-River Characteristics. Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 889-910, doi:10.1175/MWR2896.1.
Ralph, F. M., P. J. Neiman, and G.A. Wick, 2004: Satellite and CALJET aircraft observations of atmospheric rivers over the eastern North-Pacific Ocean during the winter of 1997/98. Mon. Wea. Rev., 132, 1721-1745, doi:10.1175/1520-0493(2004)132<1721:SACAOO>2.0.CO;2.
Ralph, F. M., P. J. Neiman, G. A. Wick, S. I. Gutman, M. D. Dettinger, D. R. Cayan, and A. B. White, 2006: Flooding on California's Russian River: Role of atmospheric rivers. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L13801, doi:10.1029/2006GL026689.
Rutz, J.J., and W.J. Steenburgh, 2012: Quantifying the role of atmospheric rivers in the interior western United States. Atmos. Sci. Let., (early online release), doi:10.1002/asl.392.
Smith, B.L., S.E. Yuter, P.J. Neiman, and D.E. Kingsmill, 2010: Water vapor fluxes and orographic precipitation over northern California associated with a land-falling atmospheric river. Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 74-100, doi:10.1175/2009MWR2939.1.
Stohl, A., C. Forster, and H. Sodemann, 2008: Remote sources of water vapor forming precipitation on the Norwegian west coast at 60° N - a tale of hurricanes and an atmospheric river. J. Geophys. Res., 113, D05102, doi:10.1029/2007JD009006.
Viale, M., and M. N. Nuñez, 2011: Climatology of Winter Orographic Precipitation over the Subtropical Central Andes and Associated Synoptic and Regional Characteristics. J. Hydrometeor, 12, 481-507, doi:10.1175/2010JHM1284.1.
Warner, Michael D., Clifford F. Mass, Eric P. Salathé, 2012: Wintertime Extreme Precipitation Events along the Pacific Northwest Coast: Climatology and Synoptic Evolution. Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 2021-2043, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-11-00197.1.
White, A. B., B. Colman, G. M. Carter, F. M. Ralph, R. S. Webb, D. G. Brandon, C. W. King, P. J. Neiman, D. J. Gottas, I. Jankov, K. F. Brill, Y. Zhu, K. Cook, H. E. Buehner, H. Opitz, D. W. Reynolds, L. J. Schick, 2012: NOAA's Rapid Response to the Howard A. Hanson Dam Flood Risk Management Crisis. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 93, 189-207, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00103.1.
Wick, G. A., P.J. Neiman, and F.M. Ralph, 2012: Description and validation of an automated objective technique for identification and characterization of the integrated water vapor signature of atmospheric rivers. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, (in press).
Yoshimura, K., Kanamitsu, M., and Dettinger, M., 2010: Regional downscaling for stable water isotopes—A case study of an atmospheric river event. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(D18114), doi:10.1029/2010JD014032.
Zhu, Y, and R. E. Newell, 1998: A proposed algorithm for moisture fluxes from atmospheric rivers. Mon. Wea. Rev., 126, 725-735, doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1998)126<0725:APAFMF>2.0.CO;2.

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Bao, J.-W., S. A. Michelson, P.J. Neiman, F. M. Ralph and J. M. Wilczak, 2006: Interpretation of enhanced integrated water vapor bands associated with extratropical cyclones: Their formation and connection to tropical moisture. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 1063-1080, doi:10.1175/MWR3123.1.
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Knippertz, P., and J. E. Martin, 2007: A Pacific moisture conveyor belt and its relationship to a significant precipitation event in the semiarid Southwestern United States. Wea. Forecasting, 22, 125-144, doi:10.1175/WAF963.1.
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Lackmann, G. M., J. R. Gyakum, and R. Benoit, 1998: Moisture transport diagnosis of a wintertime precipitation event in the Mackenzie River basin. Mon. Wea. Rev., 126, 668-692, doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1998)126<0668:MTDOAW>2.0.CO;2.
Morss, R. E., and F. M. Ralph, 2007: Use of information by National Weather Service Forecasters and emergency managers during the CALJET and PACJET-2001. Wea. Forecast., 22, 539-555, doi:10.1175/WAF1001.1.
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Neiman, P. J., E. M. Sukovich, F. M. Ralph, and M. Hughes, 2010: A seven-year wind profiler-based climatology of the windward barrier jet along California's northern Sierra Nevada. Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 1206-1233, doi:10.1175/2009MWR3170.1.
Neiman, P. J., A. B. White, F. M. Ralph, D. J. Gottas, and S. I. Gutman, 2009: A Water Vapor Flux Tool for Precipitation Forecasting. U.K. Journal of Water Management, 162, 83-94, doi:10.1680/wama.2009.162.2.83.
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