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RAMMB-CIRA Administrative Quarterly Report


1st Quarter: October, November, December 2019

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To Accepted and Submitted Publications  To Presentations and Posters To Awards

Published: 

  • Refereed

Apke, J., J. R. Mecikalski, K. Bedka, E. W. McCaul, C. R. Homeyer, and C. P. Jewett, 2018: Relationships between Deep Convection Updraft Characteristics and Satellite-Based Super Rapid Scan Mesoscale Atmospheric Motion Vector–Derived Flow. Mon. Wea. Rev., 146(10), 3461- 3480, doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-18-0119.1.

Goldberg, M. D., S. Li, S. J. Goodman, D. T. Lindsey, B. Sjoberg, and D. Sun, 2018: Contributions of Operational Satellites in Monitoring the Catastrophic Floodwaters due to Hurricane Harvey. Remote Sensing10(8), https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10081256.

Grasso, L. D., D. E. Bikos, and S. D. Miller, 2018: Observations of lower tropospheric water vapor structures in GOES-16 ABI Imagery. JGR-Atmospheres123(24), 13,625-13,642, doi: 10.1029/2018JD029220.

Grasso, L. D., D. T. Lindsey, Y.-J, Noh, C. O’Dell, T.-C. Wu, and F. Kong, 2018: Improvements to cloud top brightness temperatures computed from the CRTM at 3.9 µm. Mon. Wea. Rev., 3927-3944, 146(11), https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-17-0342.1.

Su, Y., J. Yue, X. Liu, S. D. Miller, W. C. Straka III, S. M. Smith, D. Guo, and S. Guo, 2018: Mesospheric Bore Observations using Suomi-NPP VIIRS DNB during 2013-2017. Rem. Sens., 2018, 10(12), 1-13, 1935, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10121935.

Torres, J. R., E. L. Dagg, and B. H. Connell, 2018: AMSR-2 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Quick Guide for National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters and non-AWIPS users. http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/quick_guides/GCOM_AMSR2_Sea_Surface_Temperature_Quick_Guide_v5.pdf, NOAA, NASA, JPSS.

Yamaguchi, M., H. Owada, U. Shimada, M. Sawada, T. Iriguchi, K. D. Musgrave, and M. DeMaria, 2018: Tropical cyclone intensity prediction in the western North Pacific basin using SHIPS and JMA/GSM. Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (SOLA), 14, 138-143, doi:10.2151/sola.2018-024.

  • Nonrefereed

See Presentations and Posters below.

Accepted:

  • Refereed

Dostalek, J. F., W. Schubert, M. DeMaria, 2018: Derivation and Solution of the Omega Equation Associated with a Balance Theory on the Sphere. AGU’s Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

Grasso, L. D., D. T. Lindsey, K.-S. Lim, A. Clark, and D. E. Bikos, 2018: Evaluation of and Suggested Improvements to the WSM6 Microphysics in WRF-ARW Using Synthetic and Observed GOES-13 Imagery. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Lang, T. J., S. A. Rutledge, B. Dolan, P. Krehbiel, W. Rison, and D. T. Lindsey, 2018: Lightning in Wildfire Smoke Plumes Observed in Colorado during Summer 2012. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Miller, S. D., W. C. Straka III, J. Yue, C. J. Seaman, S. Xu, C. D. Elvidge, L. Hoffman, and S. I. Azeem, 2018: The Dark Side of Hurricane Matthew—Unique Perspectives from the Day/Night Band. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Nachamkin, J. E., Y. Jin, L. D. Grasso, and K. Richardson, 2018: Using Synthetic Brightness Temperatures to Address Uncertainties in Cloud Top Height Verification. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

Wu, T.-C., M. Zupanski, L. D. Grasso, C. D. Kummerow, and S.-A. Boukabara, 2019: All-Sky Radiance Assimilation of ATMS in HWRF: A Demonstration Study. Mon.Wea.Rev.

  • Nonrefereed

Submitted:
Refereed 

Goni, G., J. A. Knaff, and I-I Lin, 2018: [The Tropics] Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential/ Oceanic Heat Content, [in NOAA “State of the Climate 2016”]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Grasso, L. D., D. W. Hillger, and M. Sengupta, 2018:  Demonstrating the Utility of the GOES-R 2.25 µm band for Fire Retrieval. Geophysical Research Letters.

Halide, H., A. Andika, M. Z. Dassir, and J. A. Knaff, 2018: Determining Skill of Operational Models for Long-Lead ENSO Forecasting. Geophysical Research Letters.

Knaff, J. A., and R. T. DeMaria, 2018: Forecasting tropical cyclone eye formation and dissipation in infrared imagery. Wea. Forecasting.

Knaff, J. A., C. J. Slocum, and K. D. Musgrave, 2019: Quantification and Exploration of Diurnal Oscillations in Tropical Cyclones. Mon. Wea. Rev.

Lindsey, D. T., D. E. Bikos, and L. D. Grasso, 2018: Using the GOES-16 Split Window Difference to Detect a Boundary Prior to Cloud Formation. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Taraphdar, S., L. R. Leung, S. Hagos, K. Balaguru, J. A. Knaff, 2018: Why is the United States experiencing less frequent landfalling major hurricanes in the recent decades? Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Trabing, B., J. A. Knaff, and K. D. Musgrave, 2018: Hurricane Observations Using Long-Range Lightning Detection Networks. Wea. Forcasting.

Trott, C., A. Mayer, and A. B. Schumacher, 2018: Beyond the Medium and the Message: The Role of Public Trust in Weather Communication. Weather, Climate and Society.

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  • Nonrefereed   

DeMaris, R. T., and G. Chirokova, 2019: CIRA Polar Orbiters Database Software (CPOD): Python Software to Make Searching Polar Orbiting Satellite Data Fast and Easy. AMS 9th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, AMS 99th Annual Meeting, 6-10 January, Phoenix, AZ. (submitted 8/2/18.)

Grasso, L. D., J. E. Solbrig, S. D. Miller, J. F. Dostalek, J. Bukowski, Q. Bian, 2019: Interference of Satellite Dust Detection by Water Vapor. 11th Symposium on Aerosol–Cloud–Climate Interactions, AMS 99th Annual Meeting, 6-10 January, Phoenix, AZ. (submitted 7/25/18.)

Presentations and Posters:

Knaff, J. A., 2018: Toward routine estimation of the radius of maximum wind – the last piece of the structure puzzle. Front Range Tropical Cyclone Workshop, 28 November, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Knaff, J. A., 2018: honolulu?

Miller, S. D., 2018: Evaluation of Next-Generation Satellite Architecture Solutions to Nocturnal Low-Light Visible Observations in the Arctic and Beyond. NOAA/NESDIS/OPPA (Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis) Kickoff Meeting for TMP Project #8.

Musgrave, K. D., 2018: Exploring SPICE model errors. Front Range Tropical Cyclone Workshop, 28 November, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Slocum, C. J., 2018: Using a greenhouse parameter to understand moisture errors around tropical cyclones. Front Range Tropical Cyclone Workshop, 28 November, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Torres, J. R., 2018: JPSS Products, Applications and Training Resources. ftp://rammftp.cira.colostate.edu/torres/AGU2018/Poster_Presentation_AGU2018_Torres_v2.pptx), 100th annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference, 10-14 December, Washington DC.

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Awards: 

Outstanding Science and Research Employee of 2018: Dan Lindsey was selected as the NESDIS Outstanding Science and Research Employee of 2018! This recognition is based on the recommendations of colleagues at the GOES-R Program Office, including Pam Sullivan. Dan was nominated “for assuming scientific ownership and rejuvenating the role of GOES-R Program lead scientist, and assuming scientific ownership in all aspects,” as well as emphasizing “user and public communications, by utilizing multiple forums to promote the new capabilities of GOES-R and hastening their adoption by NWS and private-sector forecasters.” (D. Lindsey and D. Hillger)

Figure: Dan Lindsey (right) accepting the Outstanding Science and Research Employee of 2018 award from his supervisor, Don Hillger, RAMMB Chief (left).

Purpose
WMO’s International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones – 9 (IWTC-9)
Purpose
AGU Fall Meeting
Purpose
Mission Advisory
Purpose
Supervisor Training
Destination
Honolulu, HI
Destination
Washington, DC
Destination
Darmstadt, Germany
Destination
Leesburg, VA
Participant
J. Knaff, C. Slocum
Participant
J. Forsythe, J. Torres, D. Lindsey
Participant
D. Lindsey
Participant
D.Hillger
Dates
11-15 December
Dates
10-14 December
Dates
Nov 24-Dec 1
Dates
Nov 13-16
               
Purpose
CIMSS StAR Meeting
Purpose
HFIP
Purpose
HFIP/NHC Collaboration,
Purpose
Korean Delegation KMA
Destination
Madison, WI
Destination
Miami, FL
Destination
Miami FL
Destination
Korea
Participant
D. Lindsey
Participant
L. Grasso, K. Musgrave
Participant
K. Musgrave
Participant
D. Lindsey
Dates
Nov 7-9
Dates
Nov 5-7
Dates
Oct 28-Nov 10
Dates
Oct 27-Nov 2
               
Purpose
NOAA SES Summit
Purpose
Unidata Software Training
Purpose
NHC Collaboration,
Purpose
 
Destination
Norfolk VA
Destination
Boulder CO
Destination
Miami FL
Destination
 
Participant
D. Lindsey
Participant
S. Stevens
Participant
A. Schumacher
Participant
 
Dates
Oct 14-17
Dates
Oct 13-20
Dates
Oct 8-12
Dates
 

Major Kerrin Caldwell: Major Kerrin Caldwell, Chief of Weather Requirements and Resources located at Air Combat Command Headquarters (Langley Air Force Base, Virginia) visited CIRA on 18 December and presented a seminar titled “US Air Force Operational Weather Structure and The Meteorological Forecast Process.” She attended CIRA MetSat group meeting on aviation-related projects and research topics. (Y.-J. Noh, H. Kim, S. Miller)

 

South Korean Visitor: Major Hyekyong Kim is visiting CIRA/Fort Collins CO from the South Korea Air Force Weather Wing (1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019). The CIRA team helps her learn about GOES-16 ABI imagery and Level 2 products related to aviation weather applications. Currently, she is working on a satellite case study that deals with aircraft icing. (Y.-J. Noh, L. Grasso, R. Brummer)

 

KMA Visitors/Seminar: Chuyong Chung, Eunha Sohn (senior researchers at Korea Meteorological Administration/National Meteorological Satellite Center), and Sunghyun Nam (professor at Seoul National University, Korea) visited CIRA from 12-14 November 2018 and presented a seminar titled “Introduction on South Korean Meteorological Satellite Programs focusing on Geo-KOMPSAT-2A (GK-2A) applications” on 13 November 2018. They met with several CIRA researchers and discussed various research topics related to KMA’s new geostationary satellite GK-2A (launch scheduled on 5 December 2018), which include True Color/RGB imagery, cloud/dust/water vapor products, and hurricane forecast applications. (Y.-J. Noh, S. Miller, L. Grasso, J. Forsythe, B. Connell, G. Chirokova, D. Lindsey, J. Knaff)

 

Visit and Seminar from Dr. Jan Mandel of the University of Colorado – Denver: On 25 October 2018, Dr. Jan Mandel was hosted by Kyle Hilburn during a visit to CIRA from the University of Colorado – Denver. Dr. Mandel gave a seminar titled “A numerical framework for operational coupled fire-atmosphere-fuel-moisture-smoke forecasting.” The seminar was on recent work developing capabilities for WRF-SFIRE, the WRF model coupled with a fire-spread model. The model is configured with nested grids, the innermost being a refined 30-m grid. This allows for explicit representation of plume dynamics, rather than having to parameterize smoke injection heights, and the modeled plumes match well with observations. The talk stimulated many questions from the audience, and was a great complement to the seminar from Dr. David Peterson earlier in the week on pyrocumulonimbus clouds. During his visit, Dr. Mandel visited with individuals from both CIRA and the Mathematics Department at CSU including: Kyle Hilburn, Louie Grasso, James Liu, Yongcheng Zhou, and Wolfgang Bangerth. (K. Hilburn)

 

Visit and Seminar from Dr. David Peterson of the US Naval Research Laboratory: On 23 October 2018, Dr. David Peterson was hosted by Jeremy Solbrig during a visit to CIRA from the US Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division. Dr. Peterson gave a well-received seminar titled “Wildfire-Driven Thunderstorms Cause a Volcano-Like Stratospheric Injection of Smoke.” This seminar was on recent work that studies detection and characterization of pyrocumulonimbus clouds and the large impact they may have on stratospheric smoke and ash content. During his visit, Dr. Peterson visited with individuals and groups from both CIRA and ATS including: Steve Miller, Jeremy Solbrig, Kyle Hilburn, Jason Apke, Scott Longmore, Dan Lindsey, Louie Grasso, and Sue van den Heever and her research group. (J. Solbrig)

 

Dr. Yair Cohen of Caltech: J. Knaff met with Dr. Yair Cohen of Caltech. They discussed observed tropical cyclone outflow and how the special nature of hurricanes may be leading to outflowing winds far from gradient balance. Dr. Cohen was visiting CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science and gave a special seminar on Monday15 October entitled “Gradient Non-Balance at the Outflow of Tropical Cyclones: Theory, Models and Observations.” (J. Knaff)