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RAMMB-CIRA Administrative Quarterly Report


4th Quarter FY17

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Published: 

  • Refereed

Bender, M.A., T.P. Marchok, C.R. Sampson, J.A. Knaff, and M. J. Morin, 2017: Impact of storm size on prediction of storm track and intensity using the 2016 operational GFDL hurricane model. Wea. Forecasting32(4), 1491–1508, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-16-0220.1. In the “Papers of Note” section of the next issue of the Bull. Amer. Meteor.

Bender, M. A., T. P. Marchok, C. R. Sampson, J. A. Knaff, and M. J. Morin, 2017: Impact of storm size on prediction of storm track and intensity using the 2016 operational GFDL hurricane model. Highlighted in Papers of Note, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.98(10), 2049-2050.

Goni, G. J., J. A. Knaff, and I – I. Lin, 2017: [The Tropics] Tropical Cyclone Heat Content [in NOAA “State of the Climate in 2017”]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.98(8), S123-S126, doi:10.1175 /2017BAMSStateoftheClimate.1.

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.

Lee, J. A., S. E. Haupt, P. A. Jimenez, M. A. Rogers, S. D. Miller, and T. C. McCandless, 2017: Solar energy nowcasting case studies near Sacramento. J. Appl. Meteorol.56(1), 85-108, doi/10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0183.1.

Neetu, S., M. Lengaigne, N. S., H. B. Menon, J. Vialard, M. Mangeas, C. E Menkes, M. M. Ali, I. Suresh, and J. A. Knaff, 2017: Global assessment of tropical cyclones intensity statistical-dynamical hindcasts., Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc.143(706), 2143-2156, doi:10.1002/qj.3073.

Xu, X., J. Wang, Y. Wang, J. Zeng, O. Torres, Y. Yang, A. Marshak, J. Reid, S. D. Miller: 2017: Passive remote sensing of altitude and optical depth of dust plumes using the oxygen A and B bands: first results from EPIC/DSCOVR at Lagrange-1 point. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 7544-7554, doi:10.1002/ 2017GL073939.

  • 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.

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.

Nachamkin, J. E., Y. Jin, L. D. Grasso, and K. Richardson, 2017: Using Synthetic Brightness Temperatures to Address Uncertainties in Cloud Top Height Verification. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

  • Nonrefereed

Submitted:
Refereed 

Chavas, D., K. Reed, and J. A. Knaff, 2017: Physical understanding of the tropical cyclone wind-pressure relationship. Nature Communications.

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.

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.

Halide, H., A. Andika, M. Z. Dassir, J. A. Knaff, 2017: Determining Skill of Operational Models for Long-Lead ENSO Forecasting. Geophysical Research Letters.

Knaff, J. A., R. T. DeMaria, 2017: Forecasting tropical cyclone eye formation and dissipation in infrared imagery. Wea. Forecasting.

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.

Trabing, B., J. A. Knaff, K. D. Musgrave, 2017: Hurricane Observations Using Long-Range Lightning Detection Networks. Wea. Forcasting.

Trott, C., A. Mayer, A. B. Schumacher, 2017: Beyond the Medium and the Message: The Role of Public Trust in Weather Communication. Weather, Climate and Society.

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Grasso, L. D., 2018: GOES-16 ABI Channel Differencing used to Reveal Cloud-Free Zones of ‘Precursors of Convective Initiation.’ 22nd Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, 98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, 7-11 January, Seattle, WA.

Grasso, L. D., 2018: GOES-16 ABI Observations of Lower Tropospheric Structures of Water Vapor at 1.38 µm. 22nd Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, 98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, 7-11 January, Seattle, WA.

Presentations and Posters:

Best, C., L. Zhou, M. Goldberg, B. Sjoberg, J. Torres, 2017: JPSS Breakout Sessions. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY.

Chirokova, G., 2017: ATMS – MiRS: Tropical Cyclone Applications. Clouds Session. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Chirokova, G., 2017: Proxy – Visible Imagery. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Dostalek, J. F., 2017: NUCAPS Boundary Layer Corrections in Pre-Convective environments. MIRS Session, JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Forsythe, J. M., 2017: How MiRS Retrievals Enable a Layered Water Vapor Product for Forecasters. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Goldberg, M., G. Mandt, J. Taylor, D. W. Hillger, C. Barnet, 2017: JPSS and Instruments. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY.

Grasso, L. D., 2017: Motion of Diffraction Pattern on VIIRS Detectors. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Hillger, D. W., D. T. Lindsey, D. A. Molenar, S. D. Miller, K. Micke, 2017: Imagery Highlights from the First Six Months of the ABI. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY. (poster)

Hillger, D. W., 2017: JPSS Atmospheric EDRs (Imagery, Clouds, Aerosols, Ozone, Soundings). NUCAPS Session, JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Hillger, D. W., 2017: Suomi NPP VIIRS Imagery. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY.

Hillger, D. W., 2017: VIIRS Day/Night Band Research and Application Developments ‘On the Eve” of JPSS-1. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY.

Hillger, D. W., 2017: VIIRS EDR Imagery Overview and Preparations for J1. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

* Lindsey, D. T., S. D. Miller, 2017: GOES-16: A New Era in Geostationary Satellite Observations. CIRA – Atmospheric Science Department Colloquium, 25 August, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science, Fort Collins, CO.

Micke, K., D. W. Hillger, 2017: SLIDER: Satellite Loop Interactive Data Explorer in Real-time. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY. (poster)

Miller, S. D.D. T. Lindsey, 2017: GOES-16: A New Era in Geostationary Satellite Observations, ATS/CIRA Colloquium, Colorado State University, 25 August, Fort Collins, CO.

Noh, Y-J., 2017: The Newly Operational VIIRS Cloud Cover/Layers and Base. Imagery Session. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Seaman, C. J., 2017: VIIRS Day/Night Band. SDR/EDR Overview Session, JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Seaman, C. J., 2017: VIIRS Imagery: Transitioning Novel Ideas into Operations. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Seaman, C. J., S. D. Miller, 2017: Night Vision: Illuminating the Capabilities of the VIIRS Day/Night Band. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Thomas, J., L. Spayd, C. Gravelle, B. H. Connell, P. Dills, S. Lindstrom, J. Galvez, 2017: Training Resoureces. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY.

Torres, J., 2017: JPSS Online Training Resources. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY.

Torres, J. 2017: JPSS Products and Training for NWS Forecasters leading up to JPSS-1 Launch. NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY. (poster)

Torres, J., 2017: JPSS Training and Products in AWIPS – II for NWS forecasters. JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 14-18 August, College Park, MD.

Torres, J. 2017: JPSS Training Needed for Data Product Applications. JPSS Breakout Session, NOAA Satellite Conference, CREST, 17-20 July, New York City, NY. (poster)

Notes:

Dan Lindsey and Steve Miller presented a seminar titled “GOES-16: A New Era in Geostationary Satellite Observations” as part of a CIRA – CSU/Atmospheric Science Department colloquium hosted by Chris Kummerow. The presenters highlighted GOES-16 ABI and GLM satellite data and discussed potential research areas made possible by these new geostationary observations. Multispectral imagery capabilities from the ABI were showcased as a way of communicating visually the rich information content. The presenters also mentioned that data from interesting GOES-16 case studies are being saved and combined with data from other sources such as Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model fields and surface observations, including radar. These new data sets are a potential goldmine of information supporting research in the Atmospheric Science Department.

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Awards: 

Steve Miller and Curtis Seaman were awarded the 2017 CIRA Research and Service Initiative Award.

JPSS STAR Program Awards: Three CIRA employees received the “Certificate of Recognition, JPSS STAR (JSTAR) Program Award” during the 2017 STAR JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting which was held 14-18 August 2017, at NCWCP in College Park, Maryland. Dr. Yoo-Jeong Noh and Dr. Curtis Seaman were recognized for their “development of the NOAA Enterprise Cloud Base Algorithm and publication of the methodology and its performance.” Steve Finley was recognized for his “IT contributions to the VIIRS Imagery Team at CIRA.” The award certificates were signed by Harry Cikanek, Director of NESDIS/StAR.

Travel: FY17 4th Quarter

   
Purpose
EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference
Destination
Rome, Italy
Participants
D. Lindsey, C. Seaman
Dates
September 30- October 7, 2017
   
Purpose
JPSS Launch
Destination
 
Participant
J. Torres
Dates
September 23, 2017
 

 

Purpose
NWA Annual Meeting
Destination
Garden Grove, CA
Participant
D. Bikos, J. Forsythe, E. Szoke, J. Torres
Dates
September 16-21, 2017
   
Purpose
CALMET 2017 Conference and Workshop
Destination
Melbourne, Australia
Participants
B. Connell, L. Veeck
Dates
August 25-September 2, 2017
   
Purpose
2017 STAR JPSS annual Science Team Meeting
Destination
College Park, MD
Participant
D. Hillger, Y.-J. Noh,
C. Seaman, J. Torres
Dates
August 14-18, 2017
   
Purpose
Poster Evaluator for UCAR’s Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Annual Poster Session
Destination
Boulder, CO
Participant
Kate Musgrave
Dates
August 3, 2017
   
Purpose
VLab/GOES-R Training
Destination
San Jose, Costa Rica
Participant
B. Connell
Dates
July 30-August 5, 2017
   
Purpose
2017 NOAA Satellite Conference
Destination
New York, NY
Participant
D. Hillger, B. Connell, K. Micke, E. Dagg, J. Torres
Dates
July 14-20, 2017
   

 

Visitors: FY17 4th Quarter

AOML/HRD Visitor: John Kaplan (AOML/HRD) visited CIRA/RAMMB The week of September 29 and gave a seminar on the Rapid Intensification Index that is run at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), ‘Statistical Rapid Intensity Prediction: Implications of Recent Model Results’. The purpose of the visit was to coordinate work on the recently started JHT project, “Improvements to Operational Statistical Tropical Cyclone Intensity Forecast Models Using Wind Structure and Eye Predictors.” In addition, John met with members of the tropical cyclone team and participated in meetings on coordinating operational transitions, tropical cyclone forecast guidance, GOES-16, and product development efforts that are shared between CIRA/RAMMB, AOML/HRD and NHC (M. DeMaria). We now have a plan for the 2018 hurricane season. (G. Chirokova (host), K. Musgrave, A. Schumacher, J. Dostalek, R. DeMaria, H. Gosden, CIRA, J. Knaff, D. Molenar)

 

Bob Rabin: Bob Rabin, a scientist from the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK, visited D. Lindsey on September 19. D. Lindsey has collaborated with Dr. Rabin for a number of years on many projects, most involving satellite observations of severe storms. (D. Lindsey)

 

Mike Stringer Visit: Mike Stringer, Acting Director of the GOES-R Program Office, visited CIRA on 14 September 2017. RAMMB and CIRA scientists met with Mike and provided an overview of the ongoing GOES-R-related research currently being conducted. (D. Lindsey, D. Hillger, J. Knaff)

 

Former STAR Director visits RAMMB: Dr. James Purdom visited RAMMB/CIRA on 9 August 2017. Dr. Purdom is a former STAR Director and current Senior Scientist Emeritus at CIRA/CSU. Dr. Purdom is collaborating with D. Molenar, D. Lindsey, and D. Hillger to develop techniques to analyze imagery from next generation weather satellites. Initial results will be presented at the 8th Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users’ Conference (AOMSUC-8) in October 2017. The presentation is titled “New tools for analyzing the new generation of geostationary satellite data.” New software was developed at RAMMB/CIRA to assist with the image analysis. (D. Molenar, D. Lindsey, D. Hillger)

 

Dr. Stephan Smith (MDL, Chief of Decision Support Branch and Director of NOAA VLab) visited CIRA on 2 August 2017. D. Hillger, R. Brummer, D. Lindsey, D. Molenar, E. Szoke, J. Torres, and D. Bikos met with Steve to discuss how CIRA utilizes the NOAA VLab. The VLab is utilized by the training group at CIRA to host the satellite help desk and the Satellite Training and Operations Resources communities. The latter is designed to be a one-stop shop for GOES-16 related training where training currently under development by CIRA staff (among others) will be placed. Michael Giebler also joined in the meeting, he is involved with development of the VLab. (D. Hillger, D. Lindsey, D. Molenar, R. Brummer, E. Szoke, J. Torres, D. Bikos)

 

Professor Udaysankar Nair (U. Alabama, Huntsville) visited J. Knaff the week of July 10. We discussed tropical cyclones interacting with the Tehuantepec gap winds, and automated detection of transverse bands. We plan to develop some collaborations in the future. (J. Knaff)

 

Steve Goodman: GOES-R Chief Scientist Steve Goodman visited CIRA on Monday July 10. A group meeting with all CIRA and RAMMB scientists currently working on GOES-R-related projects was held, and Dr. Goodman provided valuable feedback on the work. (D. Lindsey, D. Hillger, J. Knaff, D. Molenar)

 

Ed Hyre: NRL scientist Ed Hyre visited CIRA on 13 July 2017 and gave an informal presentation on the use of satellite-detected fires to feed into aerosol models. The discussion mainly focussed on the detection of fires with the possibility of using new spectral bands and better spatial resolution from VIIRS and GOES-16 to aid the fire analysis that has so far been mainly based on old GOES and MODIS. (D. Hillger, J. Solbrig, L. Grasso, C. Seaman, M. Zupanski, C. Combs)

 

Tom Blackmore: Funded by a GOES-R Visiting Scientist Project, Tom Blackmore from the UK Met Office in Exeter visited CIRA the week of July 10-14. Tom works in their satellite group and specializes in creating simulated satellite imagery from model output in order to compare with observed imagery, similar to some work that D. Lindsey and L. Grasso have done over the last several years. Tom is very interested in lessons learned from GOES-16 since Meteosat Third Generation will be launched in a few years. He also provided some good suggestions for better ways to compare simulated and observed imagery. (D. Lindsey, L. Grasso)

 

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CIRA’s GOES-16 Geocolor product as viewed on the RAMMB SLIDER (07:45 UTC 3 July 2017)