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Legends
Discriptions in the table below refer to the situation on the ground as generalized image for each rainfall intensity.
It should be noted that radar meaures the intensity high above the ground, which is not necessarily consistent with the intensity low on the ground.
Expression in legends Human impression Effect for humans Situation of indoors
(wooden house)
Situation of outdoors Effect for a driver Possibility of disaster
Drizzle       Ground gets wet    
Weak          
Moderate       Puddles sparsely    
Slightly Strong Sound audible Splash wets footwear Conversation disturbed Puddles all around   Need to be cautious when it continues
Strong Feel force or strength of rain Umbrella works insufficiently Clamorous sound of raindrops disturbs sleep, e.g. awakes more than half of sleepers. Poor vision with fast wiper Overflow from roadside gutters, wastewater drains or small streams
Occurrence of small-scale mudslide
Rather Fierce Feel like buckets of water poured over Puddles make a road like a river Risk for hydroplaning (Occurrence of water film between wheel and ground) Mudslides or even landslides are prone.
Preparation for evacuation is necessary in dangerous zone.
Overflow from discharge pipelines in cities.
Fierce
Bitter Fierce
Severe Torrential Umbrella is useless White landscape and poor vision Driving is dangerous Rainwater runs into underground cells or shopping mall
Sprouts from manholes
Brings other disasters
Extreme Severe Feel fright with choking pressure Large-scale disaster is possible.
Highest alert is needed.

Data quoted from Japan Meteorological Agency (Data as of August, 2000, revised in July,2002).

[ Notes ]
The table assumes the continuation of one-hour for each rainfall intensity.

  1. The degree of disater varies with conditions of initial intensity or topological feature.
  2. The descriptions are based on recent cases.. Alteration should be done for deviation from actual situation.


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