Researchers from NSSL and CIMMS have published the first study to combine rapidly-updating phased array radar data with high-resolution lightning data to study lightning behavior in a hail storm.
A simulation of a Florida thunderstorm showing two lightning flashes (upper-level intracloud and a negative cloud-to-ground). Light gray is the cloud boundary, darker gray is 35 dBZ reflectivity. 2D color slice is simulated NEXRAD reflectivity.
NSSL’s JJ Gourley received first place in the OAR “Research Tools of the Trade” category for his shot of a lightning strike with a VORTEX2 mobile mesonet in the foreground.