NSSL research to be presented at 6th European Conference on Severe Storms

NSSL researchers are presenting at the 6th European Conference on Severe Storms (ECCS) in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain from October 3-7, 2011.

The ECCS is an opportunity for the international scientific community to exchange the newest developments in severe storm research. Strong winds, hail, flooding and tornadoes are common in many European countries, leading to a total damage estimate of 5 to 8 billion Euros per year. While meteorological conditions leading to severe thunderstorm occurrences in Europe are similar to those observed in the USA and elsewhere, they differ in detail, especially with regard to mesoscale characteristics such as terrain-induced circulations. A better knowledge of European severe thunderstorms storms could bring new insights into severe storm dynamics and forecasting worldwide.

NSSL lead-author topics include:  “Progress and challenges with Warn-on-Forecast,”  “Initial results from convective-scale analysis and prediction of the 14 June 2011 Norman Oklahoma macroburst using conventional and rapid-scan weather Doppler radar data,” “Comparisons of kinematical retrievals within a simulated supercell: Dual-Doppler analysis vs. EnKF data assimilation, and “Severe thunderstorms and climate change.”

The ECCS is organized by ESSL and a local partner at varying locations across Europe and the Mediterranean every two years, and is supported by the European Meteorological Society. The last ECSS conference in Landshut (Germany) in 2009, had an attendance of 207 people from 41 countries, including Japan, the USA, and India. The 6th European Conference on Severe Storms is sponsored by the European Severe Storms Laboratory, established in 2006 and modeled after NSSL.