Today’s operations will be begin with their focus over the Twin Cities/Chanhassen (MPX) county warning area. Severe storms have already developed and are approaching the Twin Cities area from the northwest. The Storm Prediction Center current has a mesoscale discussion out for the area highlighting potential watch issuance within the next few hours with the main threat being damaging winds but large hail is also possible.
Other potential regions of operation include the low-country region of South Carolina, where there is currently a severe thunderstorm watch, and extreme west Texas into southern New Mexico. We’ll monitor the weather situations in these locations and adjust our operations area as needed.
Today’s operations will be focused over the SJT (San Angelo), FWD (Dallas/Fort Worth), and EWX (Austin/San Antonio) county warning areas. Focus is once again ahead of an outflow boundary left over from overnight storms. To keep with the theme this week, storms are again on-going at the start of the operations period with a severe thunderstorm watch in place over a portion of the operations area. Supercells will be possible today but the scenario will be messy with storm interactions and mergers likely. The main threats today are hail and high winds but a few tornadoes are possible.
Today’s operations will be focused over the OUN (Norman), SJT (San Angelo), and FWD (Dallas/Fort Worth) county warning areas. We are highlighting operations south of a remnant outflow boundary that has been left from storms that occurred overnight/early this morning roughly in the area of the Red River Valley. Storms are currently on-going at the start of operations, with a severe thunderstorm watch over the operations areas that stretches from central OK all the way down to SW Texas. Supercells will be the primary storm mode to start but might transition to a linear system later in the operations period. The main threats today are large hail and high winds but tornadoes are still possible (lower probabilities than yesterday though).
The first operational week for the 2019 Satellite & Radar Convective Applications Experiment begins next week, 22-26 April. Some information before your participation begins:
Plan to arrive at the NWC at 11 am on Monday so that we can escort you into the National Weather Center (NWC). When you arrive, please park in the visitor’s parking lot (the row nearest the building). After you park, enter in the first floor entrance of the NWC on the northeast side of the building. When you arrive, wait for Michael Bowlan at the first floor entrance by the security desk.
If you are a NOAA visitor, please wear your NOAA ID at all times within the NWC. Non-NOAA visitors will receive a “NOAA Visitor” lanyard (from Michael Bowlan). Additionally, we’ll issue magnetic key cards to enter specific areas in the building (NOAA visitors only). After this, we will provide a short tour of the NWC so that you can get acquainted with the NWC.
Since our Monday shift starts at 11 am, we will have a brief lunch break during our orientation. You may bring your own lunch (we have a refrigerator), or you may purchase one at our Flying Cow Cafe on the 1st floor. The Flying Cow is open all week, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Training materials are available on the 2019 EWP website. Please be sure to complete the modules before you arrive. Also, please have your NWSChat username / password at the ready, as this will be useful during the week. Finally, if you have any special needs concerning AWIPS-2 color tables, let me know. If need be, we can upload any special procedures you may have.
We are eagerly awaiting your arrival, and hope you find the EWP experience worthwhile.