Week 2 Summary: 4 – 8 May 2009


-Trends from MR/MS grids provide an excellent tool for the mesoanalyst and situational awareness given the capability to see the long-term trends

-Avg. trends in a sector/area to see the “average storm behavior might be helpful

-Grids of the time change fields might be helpful (i.e., the change in MESH for a storm in the past 10 minutes)

-Probability of lightning not useful with the put-get type advection; a forecast swath would be much better to see all areas which the storm might move over in the next N minutes

-Divergence fields for MARC signature

-Need to investigate how radar coverage affects MR/MS grids

-Send MR/MS grids to WTDB to help expose to more forecasters?

-Forecasters seem to have their own preferences for what levels and echos they would like to see (i.e., maybe dBZ @ -30C instead of -20C).  MR/MS set up needs to be configurable on the fly.

-Will need a salesman at each office for MR/MS.  They need to be knowlegable and experienced with MR/MS so that they can sell it to other forecasters.


-Too many panels; all the information took away from the experience with CASA data

-Idea for WG: move to tabs to help sort radar data?

-For wind study, it was suggested to get experienced forecasters (i.e., forecasters from offices who experience derechoes or main climatological threat is wind) to evaluate how useful the CASA data is for wind threat.


-More trends of the data

Overall/General Comments:

-One team member on Google Earth and one team member on AWIPS worked well

-AWIPS for canned cases

-Visiting forecaster: Can we get flexible shifts for real time events?

Kiel Ortega (EWP Weekly Coordinator, 4-8 May 2009)

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