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Assessments of Total Lightning Data Utility in Weather ForecastingNational Weather Service forecasters in Huntsville, Alabama have had access to total lightning data from the North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) since 2003. Forecasters can monitor real-time total lightning observations on their AWIPS (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) workstations. The lightning data is used to supplement other observations such as radar and satellite data. The lightning data is updated every 2 min, providing more timely evidence of storm growth or decay than is available from 5 min radar scans. Total lightning observations have been used to positively impact warning decisions in a number of instances. A number of approaches are being pursued to assess the usefulness of total lightning measurements to the operational forecasting community in the warning decision process. These approaches, which include both qualitative and quantitative assessment methods, will be discussed. submitted to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference on Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data to be held in San Diego, CA January 9-13,2005. This will be a presentation and an extended abstract will be published on a CD available from the AMS.
Document ID
20050092338
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Buechler, Dennis E. (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Goodman, Steve (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
LaCasse, Katherine (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Blakeslee, Richard (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Darden, Chris (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 22, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
Meeting Information
American Meteorological Society Conference on Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
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