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RAMMB-CIRA Administrative Quarterly Report

3rd Quarter: April, May, June 2020

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Publications, Presentations, and Award

To Accepted and Submitted Publications  To Presentations and Posters To Awards


  • Refereed

Albers, S., S. M. Saleeby, S. M. Kreidenweis, Q. Bian, P. Xian, Z. Toth, R. Ahmadov, E. James, and S. D. Miller, 2020: A Fast Visible Wavelength 3-D Radiative Transfer model for numerical weather prediction visualization and forward modeling. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3235–3261,

Apke, J. M., K. A. Hilburn, S. D. Miller, and D. A. Peterson, 2020: Towards objective identification and tracking of convective outflow boundaries in next-generation geostationary satellite imagery. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1593–1608,

Goldberg, M. D., S. Li, D. T. Lindsey, W. Sjoberg, L. Zhou, and D. Sun, 2020: Mapping, monitoring, and prediction of floods due to ice jam and snowmelt with operational weather satellites. Rem. Sensing, 12(11), 1865, 1-14, doi: 10.3390/rs12111865.

Grasso, L. D., D. E. Bikos, J. F. Dostalek, T.-C. Wu, K. A. Hilburn, E. J. Szoke, J. R. Torres, J. W. Zeitler, W. E. Line, and A. E. Cohen, 2020: Application of the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager: Morphology of a preconvective environment on 17 April 2019. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 15(2), 1–24.

Knaff, J.A., C.R. Sampson, and B.R. Strahl, 2020: A tropical cyclone rapid intensification prediction aid for the Joint Typhoon Warning Center’s areas of responsibility. Wea. Forecasting, 35(3), 1173 – 1185, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-19-0228.1.

Neetu, S., M. Lengaigne, J. Vialard, M. Mangeas, C. E. Menkes, I. Suresh, J. Leloup, and J. A. Knaff, 2020: Quantifying the Benefits of Nonlinear Methods for Global Statistical Hindcasts of Tropical Cyclones Intensity. Wea. Forecasting, 35(3), 807–820,

Rehbein, A., M. Rugna, and M. P. Hobouchian, A. d. Moral, S. J. Goodman, D. T. Lindsey, and J. Thomas, 2020: A Workshop on the Next Generation Environmental Satellite Constellation, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101(6), E763-E770,

  • Nonrefereed

See Presentations and Posters below.


  • Refereed

Dostalek, J. F., W. Schubert, M. DeMaria, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: Using Synthetic Brightness Temperatures to Address Uncertainties in Cloud Top Height Verification. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol.

Rutledge, S. A., K. A. Hilburn, B. Fuchs, K. Reimel, W. Xu, and S. D. Miller, 2020: Evaluating lightning flash rates from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper within intense convective storms. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., GLM Special Issue,

  • Nonrefereed


Combot, C., A. Mouche, J. A. Knaff, Y. Zhao, Y. Zhao, L. Vinour, Y. Quilfen, and B. Chapron, 2020: Extensive high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data analysis of Tropical Cyclones: comparisons with SFMR flights and Best-Track. Mon. Wea. Rev.

Grasso, L. D., D. E. Bikos, J. F. Dostalek, T.-C. Wu, K. A. Hillburn, W. E. Line, J. R. Torres, and E. J. Szoke, 2020: Application of the GOES-15 Advanced Baseline Imager: Morphology of a Pre-convective Environment on 17 April 2019. Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology.

Grasso, L. D., D. W. Hillger, and M. Sengupta, 2020:  Demonstrating the Utility of the GOES-R 2.25 µm band for Fire Retrieval. Geophysical Research Letters.

Hilburn, K. A., I. Ebert-Uphoff, and S. D. Miller, 2020: Development and Interpretation of a Neural Network-Based Synthetic Radar Reflectivity Estimator Using GOES-R Satellite Observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Submitted.

Halide, H., A. Andika, M. Z. Dassir, and J. A. Knaff, 2020: Determining Skill of Operational Models for Long-Lead ENSO Forecasting. Geophysical Research Letters.

Knaff, J. A., and R. T. DeMaria, 2020: Forecasting tropical cyclone eye formation and dissipation in infrared imagery. Wea. Forecasting.

Reimel, K., S. A. Rutledge, S. D. Miller, B. Fuchs, and D. T. Lindsey, 2020: Relationships between total lightning and tornadogenesis. Wea. Forecasting.

Taraphdar, S., L. R. Leung, S. Hagos, K. Balaguru, and J. A. Knaff, 2020: 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, 2020: Hurricane Observations Using Long-Range Lightning Detection Networks. Wea. Forcasting.

Trott, C., A. Mayer, and A. B. Schumacher, 2020: Beyond the Medium and the Message: The Role of Public Trust in Weather Communication. Weather, Climate and Society.

Van den Heever, S., and C. J. Slocum, 2020: Driving into Cold Pools and Flying into Updrafts of Deep Convective Storms. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.


Forsythe, J. M., 2020: Multisensor Satellite-Driven Water Vapor Products for Forecasters. (abstract submitted), NWA 2020 Annual Meeting, 12-17 September, Tulsa, OK.

Grasso, L. D., 2020: Numerical Simulation of the May 15 and April 26, 1991 Tornadic Thunderstorms. AMS 30th Conference on Severe Local Storms, 12-16 October, Santa Fe, NM.

Grasso, L. D., J. F. Dostalek, D. E. Bikos, J. R. Torres, K. A. Hilburn, T.-C. Wu, E. J. Szoke, and W. E. Line, 2020: Application of the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager: Morphology of a Pre-convective Environment on 17 April 2019. AMS 30th Conference on Severe Local Storms, 12-16 October, Santa Fe, NM.

Kusselson, S., 2020: The Very Wet Period from October 2019 to March 2020 in the Southeast U.S. (abstract submitted), NWA 2020 Annual Meeting, 12-17 September, Tulsa, OK.

Line, W. E., 2020: Using GOES-R and JPSS Satellite Data to Detect and Track Hazardous Sea Spray in the High Latitudes. (abstract submitted), NWA 2020 Annual Meeting, 12-17 September, Tulsa, OK.

Presentations and Posters:

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Ebert-Uphoff, I., 2020: Peering Inside the Black Box of Machine Learning for Earth Science – Part 2. Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Science (AI4ESS) Summer School 2020, NCAR/UCAR, 22-26 June,

Forysthe, J. M., 2020: Towards the Next Generation of Blended Total Precipitable Water (TPW) for Operations. Flash Flood and Intense Rainfall Experiment (FFaIR), Weather Prediction Center (WPC), virtual presentation, June.

Wu, T.-C., L. D. Grasso, M. Zupanski, H. Cronk, J. Fluke, R. Schulte, W. Berg, A. Kliewer, C. Kummerow, P. Partain, and S. D. Miller, 2020: Assessment of the Assimilation of TEMPEST-D in the NCEP Global Forecast System. EGU General Assembly 2020: NWP Session AS 1.1, 8 May 2020 at 3:30 AM local time.


Awards and Recognition: 

J. A. Knaff will continue as an associated editor for both Monthly Weather Review and Weather and Forecasting.

J. A. Knaff certificate of appreciation: J. Knaff received a certificate of appreciation from the American Meteorological Society for the manuscript reviews completed during the 2019 year.

C. J. Slocum Certificate of appreciation: Chris Slocum received a certificate of appreciation for the manuscript reviews for the Journal of Atmospheric Science and Monthly Weather Review completed during the 2019 year.

A. Libardoni recognized by Wiley Publishing: Alex Libardoni was recognized by Wiley Publishing for having one of the most read/downloaded publications in 2018-2019 in Geophysical Research Letters (

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), there were no trips for the CIRA/RAMM Branch.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) there were no visitors to the CIRA/RAMM Branch.

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