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RAMMB-CIRA Administrative Quarterly Report


3rd Quarter: April, May, June 2018

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  • Refereed

Gitro, C. M., M. L. Jurewicz, S. J. Kusselson, J. M. Forsythe, S. Q. Kidder, E. J. Szoke, D. E. Bikos, A. S. Jones, C. M. Gravelle, and C. Grassotti, 2018: Using the multisensor advected layered precipitable water product in the operational forecast environment. J. Operational Meteor. 6, 59-73, doi:https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2018.0606. PDF

Hillger, D. W., and G. Toth, 2018: 60 Years of Earth Imaging from Satellites, Topical Time, 69(3), (May/June), 50-60. PDF

Knaff, J. A., C. R. Sampson, and K. D. Musgrave, 2018: An Operational Rapid Intensification Prediction Aid for the Western North Pacific. Wea. Forecasting, 33(3), 799–811, doi: /10.1175/WAF-D-18-0012.1. PDF

Roman, M., Z. Wang; Q. Sun, V. Kalb, S. D. Miller, A. L. Molthan, L. A. Schultz, J. R. Bell, E. Stokes, K. Seto, B. Pandey, D. K. Hall, T. Oda, R. E. Wolfe, G. Lin, N. Golpayegani, S. Devadiga, C. C. Davidson, S. Sarkar, C. Praderas, J. Schmaltz, R. A. Boller, J. Stevens, O. M. Ramos Gonzalez, E. Padilla, J. Alonso, Y. Detres, R. Armstrong, I. Miranda, Y. Conte, N. Marrero, K. MacManus, T. Esch, and E. J. Masuoka, 2018: NASA’s Black Marble Standard Product Suite. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 210, 113-143, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.017. PDF

  • Nonrefereed

See Presentations and Posters below.

Accepted:

  • Refereed

Dostalek, J. F., W. Schubert, M. DeMaria, 2019: 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, D. E. Bikos, 2019: Evaluation of and Suggested Improvements to the WSM6 Microphysics in WRF-ARW Using Synthetic and Observed GOES-13 Imagery. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Knaff, J. A., C. J. Slocum, and K. D. Musgrave, 2019: Quantification and exploration of diurnal oscillations in tropical cyclones. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Lang, T. J., S. A. Rutledge, B. Dolan, P. Krehbiel, W. Rison, and D. T. Lindsey, 2019: Lightning in Wildfire Smoke Plumes Observed in Colorado during Summer 2012. Mon.Wea.Rev.

Nachamkin, J. E., Y. Jin, L. D. Grasso, and K. Richardson, 2019: Using Synthetic Brightness Temperatures to Address Uncertainties in Cloud Top Height Verification. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol.

  • Nonrefereed

Submitted:
Refereed 

Goni, G., J. A. Knaff, and I-I Lin, 2019: [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, 2019:  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, 2019: Determining Skill of Operational Models for Long-Lead ENSO Forecasting. Geophysical Research Letters.

Knaff, J. A., and R. T. DeMaria, 2019: Forecasting tropical cyclone eye formation and dissipation in infrared imagery. Wea. Forecasting.

Lindsey, D. T., D. E. Bikos, and L. D. Grasso, 2019: Using the GOES-16 Split Window Difference to Detect a Boundary Prior to Cloud Formation. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Mouche, Chapron, J. A. Knaff, Zhao, Zhang, and Combot, 2019: Co- and Cross- polarized SAR measurements for high resolution description of major hurricane wind structures: Application to Irma category-5 Hurricane. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans.

Reimel, K., S. A. Rutledge, S. D. Miller, B. Fuchs, and D. T. Lindsey, 2019: Relationships between total lightning and tornadogenesis. Wea. Forecasting.

Taraphdar, S., L. R. Leung, S. Hagos, K. Balaguru, and J. A. Knaff, 2019: 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, 2019: Hurricane Observations Using Long-Range Lightning Detection Networks. Wea. Forcasting.

Trott, C., A. Mayer, and A. B. Schumacher, 2019: Beyond the Medium and the Message: The Role of Public Trust in Weather Communication. Weather, Climate and Society.

Weaver, G.M., N. Smith, E. B. Berndt, K. D. White, J. F. Dostalek, and B. T. Zadovsky, 2019: Addressing the cold air aloft aviation challenge with satellite sounding observations. Journal of Operational Meteorology.

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  • Nonrefereed   

Chirokova G., J. A. Knaff, M. Brennan, D. T. Lindsey, S. D. Miller, R. T. DeMaria, D. W. Hillger, and D. A. Molenar, 2019: Proxy Visible Imagery and Beyond. 2019 Joint EUMETSAT /AMS Satellite Conference, 28 September–4 October, Boston, MA.

Grassotti, C., S. Liu, R. Honeyager, Y. K. Lee, Q. Liu, J. M. Forsythe, and G. Chirokova, 2019: NOAA’s Microwave Integrated Retrieval System (MiRS): Operational Update, Applications, and Recent Scientific Progress. 2019 Joint EUMETSAT /AMS Satellite Conference, 28 September–4 October, Boston, MA.

Presentations and Posters:

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Blackwell, W. J., S. Braun, C. S. Velden, T. Greenwald, D. Herndon, R. Bennartz, M. DeMaria, G. Chirokova, R. Atlas, J. Dunion, F. Marks, R. Rogers, H. Christophersen, and B. Annane, 2018: Overview and Performance Simulations of the NASA TROPICS CubeSat Constellation Mission. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Brown, P. J., and K. D. Musgrave, 2018: Global Hurricane GPROF Rain Rates, Hydrometeor Profiles and Latent Heat Profiles Over Oceans. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Chavas D. R., K. A. Reed, and J. A. Knaff, 2018: Physical understanding of the tropical cyclone wind-pressure relationship. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Chirokova G., M. DeMaria, and J. L. Beven, 2018: A Moisture In-Flux Storm Tool for Tropical Cyclone Analysis and Forecasting. (Oral), AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Chirokova G., M. DeMaria, J.A. Knaff, S. P. Longmore, and J. F. Dostalek, 2018: Hurricane Intensity and Wind Structure Estimation: from AMSU to TROPICS. (poster), AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Dunion J. P., J. Kaplan, A. B. Schumacher, J. H. Cossuth, K. D. Musgrave, and P. Leighton, 2018: The Tropical Cyclone Genesis Index (TCGI). AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Emanuel K., P. Caroff, S. Delgado, C. Guard, M. Guishard, C. Hennon, J. A. Knaff, K. Knapp, J. P. Kossin, C. Schreck, C. S. Velden, J. L. Vigh, 2018: Should We Undertake a Global Reanalysis of Tropical Cyclones? AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Fitzpatrick P. and J. A. Knaff,, 2018: In-up-and-out—William M. Gray’s contribution and legacy to tropical cyclone inner-core characteristics. (Oral, special session), AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Fitzpatrick, P. J., C. R. Sampson, Y. Lau, and J. A. Knaff, 2018: A Baseline Storm Surge Ensemble Methodology for Pacific Islands – the PACSURGE System. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, April 16-20, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Folmer, M. J., J. P. Cangialosi, E. S. Blake, J. L. Beven, A. B. Schumacher, and M. L. Bozeman, 2018: Introducing Multispectral Imagery to the Tropical Cyclone Analysis Process at the National Hurricane Center in 2017. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, April 16-20, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Grasso, L. D., 2018: GOES-16 and Himiawari-AHI geostationary satellite imagery. Front Range Community College, 27 April, Fort Collins, CO.

Grasso, L. D., 2018: Overview of a GOES-R funded project that focuses on clear-sky signatures of convective initiation. (presentation to Mike Stringer, GOES-R Assistant System Program Director), 20 April, CIRA, Fort Collins, CO.

Kaplan, J., J. P. Dunion, A. B. Schumacher, J. H. Cossuth, K. D. Musgrave, and P. Leighton, 2018: The Tropical Cyclone Genesis Index (TCGI). AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, April 16-20, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Knaff, J. A., 2018: A 10-year GOES-East-based climatology of Cold Lows. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Knaff, J. A., C. R. Sampson, and K. D. Musgrave, 2018: An Operational Rapid Intensification Prediction Aid (RIPA) for the western North Pacific. (Oral), AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Leslie R.V., W. J. Blackwell, S. A. Braun, R. Bennartz, C. S. Velden, M. DeMaria, L. Gumley, T. Greenwald, D. Herndon, and G. Chirokova, 2018: NASA TROPICS Earth Venture Mission: Payload Characteristics and Data Products. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Lindsey, D. T., 2018: GEO/LEO combined products. Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS)-Strategic Implementation Team (SIT) Meeting, 20-22 April, Boulder, CO.

Lindsey, D. T., 2018: GOES-R Proving Ground. NOAA Testbeds and Proving Ground Managers Meeting, 9-11 April, Kansas City, MO.

Marchok, T., M. Morin, J. A. Knaff, C. R. Sampson, A. Hazelton, and S.-J. Lin, 2018: An evaluation of surface wind structure forecasts from the fvGFS and operational dynamical models. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Musgrave, K. D., and P. J. Brown, 2018: Examining Hurricane GPROF Rain Rates and Latent Heating Profiles and Relationships to Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Musgrave, K. D., and M. DeMaria, 2018: Further Development of a Statistical-Dynamical Ensemble for Tropical Cyclone Intensity Prediction. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Rivoire, L., J. A. Knaff, and T. Birner, 2018: Evolution of the Upper-Level Thermal Structure in Reanalyzed Tropical Cyclones. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, April 16-20, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Sampson, C. R., J. S. Goerss, J. A. Knaff, B. Strahl, E. M. Fukada, E. Serra, K. Richardson, T. Meissner, and L. Ricciardulli, 2018: Tropical Cyclone Gale Wind Radii Estimates, Forecasts and Forecast Error Estimates for the Western North Pacific. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Schumacher, A.B., and M. DeMaria, 2018: New methods for incorporating situation-specific track uncertainty into the Monte Carlo Wind Speed Probability Model. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Slocum, C. J., J. P. Kossin, R. K. Taft, and W. H. Schubert, 2018: Instability between the concentric eyewalls of Hurricane Maria (2017). AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Slocum, C. J., and W. H. Schubert, 2018: A forced, balanced model for tropical cyclone intensification. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Strahl, B., C. R. Sampson, and J. A. Knaff, 2018: JTWC 5-Day Operational Tropical Cyclone Wind Radii Forecasting-First Year in Review. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra, FL.

Velden C. S., A. B. Schumacher, J. A. Knaff, M. Folmer, T. Olander, D. T. Lindsey, S. D. Miller, S. Griffin, J. Dunion, M. DeMaria, M. Brennan, and J. Beven, 2018: GOES-16: Much Improved “Glasses” to View the Tropics. AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 16-20 April, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Awards: 

         
Purpose
AMS 18th Conference on Mountain Meteorology
JPL
STAT Meeting
CoRP Meeting
Destination
Santa Fe, NM
Pasadena, CA
Boulder, CO
Madison, WI
Participant
L. Grasso
N. Tourville
B. Connell, E. Dagg, J. Torres, D. Bikos
C. Slocum, L. Rivoire, M. Marchand
Dates
27-29 June
27-29 June
19-22 June
5-9 June
   
 
   
Purpose
ABI Technical Interchange Meeting with Harris
AMS 29th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting
JCSDA Science and Technical Workshop
ESRL Review
Destination

Ft Wayne, IN

Denver, CO
Boulder, CO
Boulder, CO
Participant
D. Lindsey
E. Szoke
C. Slocum
D. Hillger
Dates
4-7 June
4-8 June
30 May-1 June
22-24 May
   
 
   
Purpose
McIDAS Users Group Meeting
NOAA Science Days
JPSS Arctic Summit
Supervisor Training
Destination
Madison, WI
Silver Spring, MD
Anchorage, Fairbanks, AK
Silver Spring, MD
Participant
E. Dagg
D. Lindsey
J. Torres
D. Hillger
Dates
21-24 May
14-18 May
14- 18 May
29 April – 4 May
   
 
   
Purpose
Haz Wx Testbed Spring Exp
EUMETSAT Convection Working Group Meeting
AMS 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology,
 
Destination
Norman, OK
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ponte Vedra, FL
 
Participant
J. Dostalek
D. Lindsey
K. Musgrave, A. Schumacher, J. Knaff, C. Slocum, L. Riviore, G. Chirokova
 
Dates
29 April – 4 May
15-30 April
15-20 April
 

John Eylander, US Army Corps of Engineers, Visit: John Eylander, Research Program Manager at US Army Corps of Engineers, visited CIRA on the afternoon of 18 June 2018 and the morning of 19 June 2018. The meeting was attended by CIRA employees Steve Miller, Chris Kummerow, Glen Liston, Yoo-Jeong Noh, Curtis Seaman, Jeremy Solbrig, Steven Fletcher, Renate Brummer, and Rob Ettema (CSU Civil and Environmental Engineering). On the first day, John Eylander gave a detailed presentation about research tasks being worked on by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) – Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL). On the second day, the participating CIRA employees together with Rob Ettema gave overview presentations covering CIRA and CSU Environmental Engineering research areas which could be of interest to CRREL. Hosted by Steve Miller.

 

Daniel Stern Visit: Daniel Stern (UCAR/NRL) visited CIRA/RAMMB on 24 May and gave a seminar on “How Strong are the Strongest Wind Gusts within Tropical Cyclones”? In addition, Dan met with members of the tropical cyclone group & researchers in the CSU Dept. of Atmospheric Science. C. Slocum hosted the seminar.

 

CIRA Fellows Meeting Visitors: H. Cikanek, S. Kalluri, and D. Hillger participated in CIRA’s annual half-day Fellows Meeting on 17 May 2018. The meeting allowed outside reviewers to provide feedback on CIRA’s activities over the past year. Selected CIRA scientists and administrative staff gave presentations focussing on some of the past year’s highlights. Afterwards the visitors were joined for the remainder of the day by D. Molenar and J. Knaff for a feds-only meeting and lively discussion of current research and other StAR-related activities. D. Lindsey was on travel, but a short presentation on his work was presented on his behalf. (D. Hillger, D. Molenar, J. Knaff)

 

Mike Stringer Visit: Mike Stringer, GOES-R Assistant System Program Director, visited CIRA on 20 April. (S. Miller, R. Brummer)

 

CIRA/RAMMB Visitor/Seminar: Dr. Thomas Kopp of Aerospace Corporation (Omaha NE) visited RAMMB/CIRA on 11 April 2018 and presented a seminar titled “What is The Aerospace Corporation, and Why Are We Here?” He answered numerous questions about JPSS/VIIRS Imagery and Cloud Products, based on Aerospace’s “institutional memory,” having been involved in the JPSS program when it was known as the NPOESS program. (D. Hillger)

slider rainforestSLIDER image showing convection over the Amazon rainforest 5 April 2018