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RAMMB-CIRA Administrative Quarterly Report


2nd Quarter: January, February, March 2017

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Published: 

  • Refereed

Boukabara, S. A., T. Zhu, H. L. Tolman, S. Lord, S. Goodman, R. Atlas, M. Goldberg, T. Auligne, B. Pierce, L. Cucurull, M. Zupanski, M. Zhang, I. Moradi, J. Otkin, D. Santek, B. Hoover, Z. Pu, X. Zhan, C. Hain, E. Kalnay, D. Hotta, S. Nolin, E. Bayler, A. Mehra, S. P. F. Casey, D. T. Lindsey, L. D. Grasso, V. Krisna Kumar, A. Powell, J. Xu, T. Greenwald, J. Zajic, J. Li, J. Li, B. Li, J. Liu, L. Fang, P. Wang, and T. Chen, 2016: S4: An O2R/R2O Infrastructure for Optimizing Satellite Data Utilization in NOAA Numerical Modeling Systems: A Step Toward Bridging the Gap between Research and Operations. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97(12), 2359-2378, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00188.1.

Fast, L. C., J. F. Weaver, S. D. Miller, T. E. Ferrin, Jr., 2016: Training Effects on Emergency Management Activation Response. J. Org. Psyche. 16(1), 2016, 71-77. (ISSN 2158-3609)

Knaff, J. A., C. Sampson, and G. Chirokova, 2017: A global statistical–dynamical tropical cyclone wind radii forecast scheme. Wea. Forecasting, 32(2), 629–644, doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-16-0168.1.

Nachamkin, J. E., Y. Jin, L. D. Grasso, and K. Richardson, 2017: Using Synthetic Brightness Temperatures to Address Uncertainties in Cloud Top Height Verification. J. Appl. Meteorol., 56(2), 283-296.

Noh, Y. J., J. M. Forsythe, S. D. Miller, C. J. Seaman, Y. Li, A. K. Heidinger, D. T. Lindsey, M. A. Rogers, and P. T. Partain, 2017: Cloud base height estimation from VIIRS. Part II: A statistical algorithm based on A-Train satellite data. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 34(3), 585-598, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0110.1.

Seaman, C. J., Y.- J. Noh, S. D. Miller, A. K. Heidinger, and D. T. Lindsey, 2017: Cloud base height estimation from VIIRS. Part I: Operational algorithm validation against CloudSat. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 34(3), 567-583, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0109.1.

  • Nonrefereed

See Presentations and Posters.

Accepted:

  • Refereed

Grasso, L. D., D. T. Lindsey, K. -S. Lim, A. Clark, D. E. Bikos, 2017: Evaluation of and Suggested Improvements to the WSM6 Microphysics in WRF-ARW Using Synthetic and Observed GOES-13 Imagery. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Hawkins, J. , S. D.Miller, J. Solbrig, R. Bankert, M. Surrat, K. Richardson, 2017: Tropical Cyclone Characterization via Nocturnal Low-Light Visible Illumination. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Kliewer, A. J., S. J. Fletcher, A. S. Jones and J. M. Forsythe, 2017:  Comparison of Gaussian, logarithmic transform and mixed Gaussian-lognormal distribution-based 1DVAR microwave temperature-water vapor mixing ratio retrievals.  Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, doi:10.1002/qj.2651.

Lang, T. J., S. A. Rutledge, B. Dolan, P. Krehbiel, W. Rison, D. T. Lindsey, 2017: Lightning in Wildfire Smoke Plumes Observed in Colorado during Summer 2012. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Sampson, C., E. Fukada, J. A. Knaff, B. Stral, M. Brennan, T. Marchok, 2017: Tropical cyclone gale wind radii estimates for the western North Pacific. Wea. Forcasting.

  • Nonrefereed

Submitted:

  • Refereed 

Bender, M., T. Marchok, C. Sampson, J. A. Knaff, M. Morin, 2017: Impact of storm size on prediction of storm track and intensity using the 2016 Operational GFDL Hurricane Model. Wea. Forcasting.

Dostalek, J. F., W. Schubert, M. DeMaria, 2017: Derivation and Solution of the Omega Equation Associated with a Balance Theory on the Sphere. AGU’s Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

Goni, G., J. A. Knaff, I-I Lin, 2017: [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, M. Sengupta, 2017:  Demonstrating the Utility of the GOES-R 2.25 µm band for Fire Retrieval. Geophysical Research Letters.

Neetu, S., M. Lengaigne, H. B. Menon, J. Vialard, M. Mangeas , C.E. Menkes, M. M. Ali, I. Suresh, J. A. Knaff, 2017: A global assessment of tropical cyclones intensity statistical-dynamical hindcasts. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Taraphdar, S., L. R. Leung, S. Hagos, K. Balaguru, J. A. Knaff, 2017: Why is the United States experiencing less frequent landfalling major hurricanes in the recent decades? Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

  • Nonrefereed               red arrow

Presentations and Posters:

Chirokova, G., A. B. Schumacher, 2017: Use of JPSS products/capabilities in response to developing tropical storm and hands-on exercise using JPSS products to track the development of tropical storms. AMS Short Course: Experiencing JPSS Capabilities, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA. (poster)

Chirokova, G., M. DeMaria, R. T. DeMaria, J. A. Knaff, J. F. Dostalek, J. L. Beven, 2017: Use of JPSS ATMS, CrIS, and VIIRS data to Improve Tropical Cyclone Track and Intensity Forecasting. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems. 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Chirokova, G., J. A. Knaff, and A. B. Schumacher, 2017: Improvements in Operational Statistical Tropical Cyclone Intensity Forecast Models. 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference (IHC), 14-16 March, Miami, FL.

Connell, B. H., D. E. Bikos, S. Lindstrom, J. Torres, E. J. Szoke, E. L. Dagg, A. B. Schumacher, A. S. Bachmeier, A. Mostek, B. C. Motta, M. Davison, L. Veeck, 2017: Satellite User Readiness Through Training: VISIT, SHyMet, WMO VLab and Liaisons. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems. 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Connell, B. H., L. Veeck, M. Davison, K. A. Caesar, V. Castro, 2017: The Impact of Regional Focus Group (RFG) Activities on the Use of Current Satellite Data and Images by Meteorological Personnel with Implications for New Satellite Use. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems. 22-26 January, Seattle, WA. (poster)

Dunion, J., J. Kaplan, A. B. Schmacher, J. Cossuth, K. D. Musgrave, and P. Leighton, 2017: Improvements to the Tropical Cyclone Genesis Index (TCGI). 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference (IHC), 14-16 March, Miami, FL.

Hillger, D.W., T. Kopp, T. J. Seaman, S. D. Miller, D. T. Lindsey, J. Torres, 2017: Validating VIIRS Imagery from JPSS-1. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems. 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Jiang, H., K. D. Musgrave, 2017: Improvement and Implementation of the Probability-based Microwave Ring Rapid Intensification Index for NHC/JTWC Forecast Basins. 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference (IHC), 14-16 March, Miami, FL.

Jurewicz M. L. Sr., C. M. Gitro, S. J. Kusselson, J. M. Forsythe, A. S. Jones, S. Q. Kidder, D. E. Bikos, E. J. Szoke, 2017: A Synoptic Comparison of Two High-Impact Predecessor Rainfall Events: Tropical Storm Lee/Hurricane Katia of September 2011 and Hurricane Joaquin of October 2015. AMS 28th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 24th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Knaff, J. A., 2017: Update TC guidance at JTWC. Sub-projects include a 7-day climatology and persistence (CLIPER) model, an updated wind radii CLIPER model, a five-day statistical-dynamical wind radii forecast scheme, and an update of their rapid intensification index. US Pacific Command’s Joint Tropical Cyclone Forecasting Program Assembly (PACOM JTCFPA), 13-17 February, Honolulu, HI.

Longmore, S., S. D. Miller, C. J. Slocum, P. T. Partain, and J. Fluke, 2017: Standardized Real-Time Satellite and Atmospheric Data Processing within a Task Queue Automation System and Framework Utilizing Software Design Patterns, Reflection, and Plugin Architecture for Derived and Fused Dataset and Imagery Generation. AMS 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Rudlosky, S. D., M. J. Folmer, A. B. Schumacher, A. M. Terborg, 2017: Applications of Lightning Data Outside the Contiguous United States. AMS 8th Conference on the Meteorological Application of Lightning Data. 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Schumacher, A. B., 2017: Improving Real-time Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification Forecasts with Total Lightning Data. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Schwietert, J. L., M. DeMaria, M. Onderlinde, C. Mattocks, R. Berg, A. B. Schumacher, 2017: Statistical Method for Estimating Wind Arrival Times from Tropical Cyclones. AMS 28th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 24th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Seaman, C. J., S. D. Miller, D. T. Lindsey, D. W. Hillger, 2017: JPSS and GOES-R Multispectral Imagery Applications and Product Development at CIRA. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA. (poster)

Straka, W., S. D. Miller, C. J. Seaman, J. Torres, D. T. Lindsey, E. Stevens, 2017: Usage of the VIIRS Day Night Band As an Operational Tool. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Szoke, E. J. , D. E. Bikos, B. H. Connell, H. Gosden, S. D. Miller, J. Torres, R. L. Brummer, D. T. Lindsey, D. W. Hillger, D. A. Molenar, C. J. Seaman, 2017: CIRA’s Contribution to the NWS GOES-R Proving Ground: A Look Back at Pre-Launch Activities and a Look Ahead to Post-Launch Interactions. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Szoke, E. J., S. Benjamin, C. R. Alexander, J. M. Brown, D. Barjenbruch, R. Kleyla, B. Meier, 2017: An Examination of HRRR and HRRRX Performance and Utility For Two Similar and Challenging Colorado Snowstorms. AMS 28th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 24th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA. (poster)

Torres, J., and K. Micke, 2017: Highlights of the JPSS Program, Instrumentation, SDRs, EDRs, accessing polar data, JPSS Products and training. AMS Short Course: Experiencing JPSS Capabilities. 21 January, Seattle, WA.

Torres, T., B. H. Connell, S. D. Miller, 2017: Utility of JPSS Products for NWS forecasters. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

Ward, B., A. Mostek, R. Van Til, L. Spayd Jr., F. W. Alsheimer, M. T. Stavish, D. Nietfeld, B. C. Carcione, N. Eckstein, W. Abshire, P. Dills, G. T. Stano, J. G. LaDue, M. A. Bowlan, D. E. Bikos, B. H. Connell, E. J. Szoke, E. L. Dagg, S. Bachmeier, S. Lindstrom, J. Gerth, and T. Schmit, 2017: The Satellite Foundational Course for GOES-R: A Collection of Lessons to Prepare National Weather Service Forecasters for GOES-R. AMS 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems, 22-26 January, Seattle, WA.

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Awards:

NOAA David Johnson Award: D. T. Lindsey received the NOAA David Johnson Award, “for outstanding innovative use of earth observation satellite data,” at the Goddard Memorial Dinner held at the Washington D. C. Hilton on Friday, 10 March 2017. The dinner was hosted by the National Space Club.

     

Dan Lindsey receiving the NOAA David Johnson Award Dan Lindsey

Dan Lindsey receiving the NOAA David Johnson Award at the Goddard Memorial Dinner on 10 March 2017.

PDF of NOAA announcement

D. Hillger was one of numerous co-authors to receive the Donald E. Osterbrock Prize “to the author or authors of a book judged to advance the field of the history of astronomy.” The 2017 recipient of the prize was the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers (2nd edition) which was published in 2014. Hillger generated biographies for 2 astronomers for the first edition of the encyclopedia, which were also used in the second edition: one biography for Gabriel Mouton, and the other for C. H. D. Buys Ballot (also a ‘meteorologist’). The award was given by the AAS (American Astronomical Society) Historical Astronomy Division.

Manning, Anne Ju, 2017: Earth, you never looked so good. Source, Colorado State University. (Lindsey, D. T., S. D. Miller)

Purpose
AMS Annual Meeting
HFIP Annual Meeting
Discussion of Interdisciplinary
Work Hurricane Exposure and Health Impacts
US Pacific Command’s Joint Tropical Cyclone Forecasting Program Assembly
AHI/ABI Training & 2016 NHC GOES-R/JPSS PG Review
71st Interdepart
Hurricane
Conference (IHC)
KMA LEO Conference
Satellite Training
Destination
Seattle, WA
Miami, FL
NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Lab – Boulder, CO
Honolulu, HI
Miami, FL
Miami, FL
Seoul, Korea
Boulder, CO
Participants
B. Connell,
G. Chirakova,
D. Hillger,
S. Longmore,
S. Miller,
C. Seaman,
A. Schumacher,
E. Szoke,
J. Torres
K. Musgrave
A. Schumacher
J. Knaff
A. Schumacher
G. Chirokova,
K. Musgrave,
A. Schumacher
Y.-J. Noh
D. Bikos,
B. Connell
Dates
21-26 January
11-12 January
January
13-17 February
17 February
March 14-16
12-17 March
27-30 March

CIRES Visitor: Elizabeth Maroon (CIRES) met with J. Knaff the week of February 2. She visited the Birner, Barnes, Maloney, and Thompson research group and presented her work related to the Meridional Overturning Circulations (MOC) in the Atlantic and Pacific… answering the question why is the Atlantic MOC so strong, and the Pacific so weak?

VIIRS Natural Color RGB composite of channels M-5, M-7, M-10VIIRS Natural Color RGB Composite of Spain 18 March 2014