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Climate, Volume 7, Issue 5 (May 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Stretching along the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, The Red River Valley (RRV) has the [...] Read more. Stretching along the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, The Red River Valley (RRV) has the highest frequency of reported blizzards within the contiguous United States. Despite their impacts, many aspects of these events are unknown, creating challenges for local forecasters. This study presents a climatology of the atmospheric patterns associated with RRV blizzards. Patterns were identified with subjective and objective techniques using meteorological fields from reanalysis data. The objective classification of these blizzards using a self-organizing map (SOM) demonstrates that the gross segregation of the events can be achieved. This implies that objective analysis techniques can be used to identify these events in weather and climate model outputs, which may aid future forecasting and risk assessment projects. View this paper.