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NSSL scientists present work at AMS Severe Local Storms meeting

NSSL scientists are presenting current research this week 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. VORTEX2 presentations and posters include detailed tornado events documented 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.

Presentations on the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed include 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 will be on display highlighting new techniques for hail detection and improved instrumentation for mobile weather observations.

Other topics presented included an analysis of tornado fatalities, the state of the science on climate change and severe weather, analysis of a tornadic supercell sampled for the first time by both National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar and the current WSR-88D radar, high-resolution storm-scale numerical weather prediction and the future of severe storm forecasting.