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RAMMB-CIRA Administrative Quarterly Report


4th Quarter FY18

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Published: 

  • Refereed

Goni, G. J., J. A. Knaff, and I – I. Lin, 2018: [The Tropics] Tropical Cyclone Heat Content [in NOAA “State of the Climate in 2017”]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.99(8), S129-S131, doi:10.1175 /2018BAMSStateoftheClimate.1.

Kablick, G. P., M. D. Fromm, S. D. Miller, P. T. Partain, D. Peterson, S. Lee, Y. Zhang, A. Lambert, and Z. Li, 2018: The Great Slave Lake PyroCb of 5 August 2014: Observations, simulations, comparisons with regular convection, and impact on UTLS water vapor. JGR-Atmospheres123(21), 12,332-12,352, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JD028965.

Knaff, J. A., C. R. Sampson, and K. D. Musgrave, 2018: Statistical Tropical Cyclone Wind Radii Prediction using Climatology and Persistence: Updates for the Western North Pacific.Wea. Forecasting33(4), 1093–1098, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-18-0027.1. PDF

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. Amet. Soc.99, 1541-1544.

Sampson, C. R., J. S. Goerss, J. A. Knaff, B. R. Strahl, E. M. Fukada, E. A. Serra, 2018: Tropical cyclone gale wind radii estimates, forecasts and error forecast for the western North Pacific, Wea. Forecasting, 33(4), 1081-1092, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-17-0153.1.

Torres, J. R., E. L. Dagg, and B. H. Connell, 2018: A VIIRS Flood Areal Extent Quick Guide for Satellite Training and Operations Resources (STOR). NOAA Vlab for National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters. http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/quick_guides/VIIRS_Flood_Areal_Extent_Quick_Guide_v4.pdf.

Torres, J. R., and R. Ahmadov, 2018: High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Smoke Model Quick Guide. https://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrr/HRRRsmoke/HRRR_Smoke_IMET_Fire_QuickGuide_Aug14.pdf

  • 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, 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, 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.

  • 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.

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)

Musgrave, K. D., P. Brown, and J. A. Knaff, 2019: Exploration of Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification Using Hurricane GPROF and Impacts on Statistical-Dynamical Intensity Models. AMS 9th Conference on Transition of Research to OperationsAMS 99th AMS Annual Meeting, 6-10 January, Phoenix, AZ. (submitted 8/15/18)

Slocum, C. J., and J. A. Knaff, 2019: Is GOES-R seeing ‘hottish’ convective towers in hurricanes? AMS 15th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite SystemsAMS 99th Annual Meeting, 6-10 January, Phoenix, AZ. (submitted 8/22/18)

Presentations and Posters:

Bikos, D. E., and J. R. Torres, 2018: GOES-R and JPSS: Demo of the Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS). (oral), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Bikos, D. E., and J. R. Torres, 2018: Satellite Training Modules and Quick Guides. (oral), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Connell, B. H., 2018: Enhanced learning approaches applied to GOES ABI and POES imagery and application of image enhancement to recent volcanic eruptions to detect ash and SO2. Joint GOES-16 / GEONETCast Americas Workshop, AmeriGEOSS Week, National Institute for Space Research (INPE), INPE and the Center of Marine Biology at the University of São Paulo (CEBIMar), São José dos Campos, 6-10 August, São Paulo, Brazil.

Figure: Inside one of the testing rooms in the INPE Integrating and Testing Laboratory (LIT)

Figure. Participants at the GEONETCast Americas workshop during AmeriGEOSS week 6-10 August 2018 at INPE in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

Connell, B. H., and E. L. Dagg, 2018: Hands on Training with McIDAS-V. (oral), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Connell, B. H., and E. L. Dagg, 2018: The HTML5 Image AnimationS Web App (HAniS). (oral), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Dostalek, J. F., 2018: Connecting with Operational Forecasters in the GOES-16 Era via the NOAA Satellite Proving Ground Program. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Dostalek, J. F., 2018: Using Polar-Orbiting Satellites to Monitor the Upper Atmosphere for Cold Air Pockets that are Potentially Dangerous to Passenger Aircraft. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Forsythe, J. M., 2018: Multisatellite Water Vapor and Rain Rate Products for Forecasters. StAR JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 27-30 August, College Park, MD.

Forsythe, J. M., 2018: Using JPSS Retrievals to Implement a Multisensor, Synoptic, Layered Water Vapor Product for Forecasters. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Grasso, L. D., 2018: GOES-16 ABI Channel Differencing Used to Reveal Cloud-free Zones of ‘Precursors of Convective Initiation’. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Grasso, L. D., 2018: GOES-16 ABI Observations of Lower Tropospheric Structures of Water Vapor at 1.38 µm. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

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.)

Hillger, D. W., 2018: Status/Overview of VIIRS EDR Imagery. StAR JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 27-30 August, College Park, MD.

Knaff, J. A., 2018: Multi-satellite Platform Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Analysis. (remote presentation), StAR JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 27-30 August, College Park, MD.

Knaff, J. A., 2018: Satellite Views of the Tropical Cyclone Life Cycle. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Lindsey, D. T., 2018: GOES-16: A New Tool to Improve Situational Awareness for Operational Forecasters. (poster), National Weather Association (NWA) Annual Meeting, 27 August, St. Louis, MO.

Lindsey, D. T., and J. Pica, 2018: Status of the GOES-17 ABI. National Weather Association (NWA) Annual Meeting, 27 August, St. Louis, MO.

Micke, K. P., 2018: SLIDER Demo. (oral), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Miller, S. D., Y.-J. Noh, D. T. Lindsey, C. J. Seaman, J. M. Forsythe, J. M. Haynes, and L. D. Grasso, 2018: Aviation-Relevant Satellite Research and Algorithm Development at CIRA. FAA Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) Review Meeting, 10-11 July, Boulder, CO.

Miller, S. D., C. J. Seaman, Y.-J. Noh, D. T. Lindsey, J. M. Forsythe, J. F. Dostalek, J. R. Torres, and K. P. Micke, 2018: CIRA Development of Alaska-Relevant Satellite Applications from Suomi-NPP, JPSS-1 and GOES-R. ACCAP Virtual Alaska Weather Symposium (VAWS), 22 August. Remote presentation. (https://accap.uaf.edu/VAWS_August2018)

Musgrave, K. D., A. B. Schumacher, C. J. Slocum, and J. A. Knaff, 2018: Updates and research into improving the wind speed probabilities, as well as updates to the National Hurricane Center’s operational guidance suite and model development and evaluation. Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) bi-weekly teleconference, week of 27 July.

Noh, Y.-J., 2018: Liquid-Top Mixed-Phase Cloud Detection from Shortwave-Infrared Satellite Radiometer Observations. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Seaman, C. S., 2018: JPSS and GOES-R Multispectral Imagery Applications and Product Development at CIRA. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Seaman, C. S., S. Finley, and K. P. Micke, 2018: Global VIIRS Imagery. StAR JPSS Annual Science Team Meeting, 27-30 August, College Park, MD.

Slocum, C. J., 2018: Diagnosing Large-scale Tropical Cyclone Model Moisture and Exploring Impacts on Track and Intensity. (poster), WMO Virtual Lab Management Group Meeting, 16-20 July, CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

               
Purpose
GOES 17 Meeting
Purpose
GLM Science Meeting
Purpose
Training STAT Meeting
Purpose
COES SIT Workshop
Destination
College Park, MD
Destination
Huntsville, AL
Destination
Boulder, CO
Destination
Darmstadt, Germany
Participants
D. Lindsey
Participant
S. Stevensen
Participant
B. Connell, E. Szoke, J. Torres, E. Dagg
Participants
D. Lindsey
Dates
24-27 September
Dates
10-14 September
Dates
10-13 September
Dates
9-15 September
               
Purpose
Leadership Training
Purpose
JPSS StAR Meeting
Purpose
NWA Annual Meeting
Purpose
AMS Summer Meeting
Destination
Greenbelt, MD
Destination
Greenbelt, MD
Destination
St. Louis, MO
Destination
Boulder, CO
Participant
D. Hillger
Participant
D. Hillger, J. Torres, D. Bikos, L. Grasso, C. Seaman, E. Szoke
Participant
D. Lindsey, D. Bikos, J. Torres
Participant
D. Lindsey
Dates
4-7 September
Dates
26-30 August
Dates
25-30 August
Dates
7-8 August
               
Purpose
GOES16 GEONET
Purpose
Meetings at Goddard (GSFC)
Purpose
Supervisor Training
Purpose
FAA Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) Review Meeting
Destination
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Destination
Washington, DC
Silver Spring, MD
Destination
Washington, DC
Destination
Boulder, CO
Participants
B. Connell
Participants
D. Lindsey
Participant
D. Hillger
Participant
S. Miller, J. Haynes, Y.-J. Noh
Dates
4-11 August
Dates
30 July-3 August
Dates
22-27 July
Dates
10-11 July
     
 
       

Work for Former STAR Director: Dr. James Purdom, a former STAR Director and current Senior Scientist Emeritus at CIRA/CSU, visited RAMMB on 12 September 2018. Dr. Purdom and D. Molenar prepared 10 satellite case studies utilizing GOES-16, GOES-17 and Himawari-8 data from the RAMMB/CIRA archive. Results will be presented at the 9th Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users’ Conference (AOMSUC-9) in October 2018. The presentation, tentatively entitled “Out on a Limb,” includes cloud height and ozone layer views from the limb of Himawari-8 satellite imagery. (D. Molenar, D. Hillger)

 

JTWC Visitor: Captain Sean Zoufaly, Satellite Operations Flight Commander at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, visited CIRA August 27–28 for a “technical exchange.” Topics of discussion included satellite products and tropical cyclone forecast guidance and their applications in the JTWC forecast process. These technical exchanges are important as they help researchers and product developers better understand how their products are used, what operational priorities are, and help direct future product development. JTWC also often advocates to funding agencies like Air Force Weather and the Office of Naval Research. (J. Knaff, D. Molenar, K. Musgrave, A. Schumacher, C. Slocum, G. Chirokova, J. Dostalek, S. Miller, Y.-J. Noh, T.-C. Wu, B. Connell)

 

Saiprasanth (Sai) Bhalachandran: Saiprasanth (Sai) Bhalachandran, Doctoral Candidate at Purdue University, visited with John Knaff the week of August 13th to discuss the influences of environmental forcing on tropical cyclone intensity changes, specifically the quantification of the stochastic behavior and what vortex scale parameters are independent of the environment. Sai is a PhD candidate advised by D. Chavas and co-advised by F. Marks (AOML/HRD). (J. Knaff)

 

Kevin Schrab: Kevin Schrab from NWS HQ visited CIRA on 6 August 2018. He was a CIRA researcher in the early 1990s before starting with the NWS. Kevin is currently a co-chair along with D. Lindsey on the GOES-17 ABI Science Options Team. (D. Lindsey, D. Hillger, S. Miller)

 

Major Hyekyong Kim: Major Kim is a visiting scientist from the South Korea Air Force Weather Wing who is visiting CIRA/Fort Collins from 1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019. Some of this time she will spend at NCAR in Boulder. Her research interests include aviation weather forecasting (icing and turbulence) and satellite data applications for aviation issues. Major Kim’s desk is in the CIRA Post Doc Office (Room # 18, Desk #6). Her supervisor is Yoo-Jeong Noh. (Y.-J. Noh, L. Grasso, R. Brummer)

Howie Bluestein Visit: Prof. Howie Bluestein (Univ. of Oklahoma) visited CIRA on 10 July 2018 to work on a case study comparing mobile Doppler radar data of a tornadic supercell in Kansas with GOES-16 ABI 1-minute data. (D. Lindsey, D. Bikos)

 

Mark DeMaria (NHC) visited CIRA: Mark DeMaria, Chief of Technology and Science Branch at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) visited CIRA on 3 July 2018. Mark met with CIRA Directors, RAMMB federal employees, and members of CIRA Tropical Cyclone Group. A wide variety of topics were discussed including future collaboration between CIRA and NHC and specific TC projects including HFIP, JPSS, and JHT. (G. Chirokova, C. Kummerow, S. Miller, D. Hillger, D. Molenar, J. Knaff, D. Lindsey, A. Schumacher, C. Slocum)

 

A large pyrocumulus cloud explodes outward during the Carr Fire near Redding, California, on July 27, 2018