NSSL scientists presented current research at the American Meteorological Society’s Severe Local Storms Conference Oct. 11-14 in Denver Colo.
Research from the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2009-2010 (VORTEX2) was a highlight with a special overview session held the first evening. Other VORTEX2 presentations and posters included tornado events seen by mobile radars during the project, storm structure and decay processes, a survey of particle probe measurements, and a report on the VORTEX2 operations center. VORTEX2 Principal Investigators and teams met at the end of the week to share their best cases and coordinate working with the data.
Presentations on the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed included an update on the 2010 Experimental Warning Program real-time severe storm warning exercises, the use of lightning data, and a comparison of Storm Data reports to National Weather Service severe storm watches and warnings. Posters highlighted new techniques for hail detection and improved instrumentation for mobile weather observations.
Other topics presented include an analysis of tornado fatalities, the state of the science on climate change and severe weather, analysis of a tornadic supercell sampled by National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar and the current weather radar, high-resolution storm-scale numerical weather prediction and the future of severe storm forecasting.
A first place award for first time presenters went to Sean Waugh, University of Oklahoma student and Sherman Frederickson, NSSL Engineer for their poster on a creative new design for measuring temperature more accurately for the mobile mesonets.