Graduate students participate in 2015 Forecast Program at NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed

 

May 2015 - Professor Lance Bosart and three graduate students Matthew Vaughn, Kyle Pallozzi and Jeremy Berman participated in the 2015 Experiment Forecast Program at the National Severe Storm Laboratory in Oklahoma.  Students helped the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) scientists evaluate how well the new, experimental, high-resolution weather models predict severe weather such as damaging wind, large hail, and tornadoes. During the program students sat alongside other scientists, forecasters, and professors and discussed the upcoming severe weather situation across the country while using state-of-the-art models to influence the group forecast decision. Students had the opportunity to make their own individual, experimental forecasts using the new model data and verified how well their forecasts and the models did the following day. Students also accessed whether higher temporal resolution forecasts, like the ones they produced were worthwhile for SPC forecasters to do on an operational, day-to-day basis.