Severe Weather Index

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration collects a number of datasets requiring analyses for reporting winter operations. It is difficult to assess varying degrees of winter severity after an event, or to compare from year to year. The objective of this project is to develop a severe weather index, by area, by Shop, for every winter storm event (to be easily calculated after a weather event has happened). The index will consider costs incurred, resources (labor, equipment and material) deployed, and contracts used for both snow and ice events. It will also consider traffic volume, wind speed, pavement temperature, geography, topography, and public expectation. Based on the indices for all weather events in a winter, an annual winter severity index will be developed.