The recently emerging CMPA product generated for continental China has relatively high spatial and temporal resolution (hourly and 0.1 °), while few studies have applied it to investigate the typhoon-related extreme rainfall. This study evaluates the CMPA estimate in quantifying the typhoon-related extreme rainfall using a dense rain gauge network in Guangdong Province, China. The results show that the event-total precipitation from CMPA is generally in agreement with gauges by relative bias (RB) of 2.62, 10.74 and 0.63% and correlation coefficients (CCs) of 0.76, 0.86 and 0.91 for typhoon Utor, Usagi and Linfa events, respectively. At the hourly scale, CMPA underestimates the occurrence of light rain (<1 mm/h) and heavy rain (>16 mm/h), while overestimates the occurrence of moderate rain. CMPA shows high probability of detection (POD = 0.93), relatively large false alarm ratio (FAR = 0.22) and small missing ratio (0.07). CMPA captures the spatial patterns of typhoon-related rain depth, and is in agreement with the spatiotemporal evolution of hourly gauge observations by CC from 0.93 to 0.99. In addition, cautiousness should be taken when applying it in hydrologic modeling for flooding forecasting since CMPA underestimates heavy rain (>16 mm/h).
- extreme rainfall
- First received 21 December 2015.
- Accepted in revised form 14 June 2016.
- © 2016 The Authors
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