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A New Total Lightning Web Display
Mon, 6 July 2015
The SPoRT Center regularly works to display unique data in products, such as total lightning from ground-based lightning mapping arrays (LMAs), in the Weather Service's display system; AWIPS II. However, there is occasionally an opportunity to try a different method for specific operational applications. One of those opportunities came with the Morristown, Tennessee forecast office. Here, the collaboration was looking for a web-based visualization in order to better collaborate with emergency managers. Feedback to SPoRT requested the need for a real-time display that could animate the data, auto-update, and allow zooming to a feature that would not reset with an update. Additionally, there was a need to make this functional on mobile devices. This has resulted in the test display shown here of the North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array flash extent density from July 1, 2015 from 1:30-4:00 PM (Central).
SPoRT Satellite Analysis Assists with April 27, 2011 Tornado Damage Assessments
The April 25-28, 2011 tornado outbreak will be long remembered across the southeastern United States for its intensity and duration. At its peak on April 27, several large, damaging, long-tracked tornadoes came very close to home for the SPoRT team. The tornadoes damaged several team members’ houses, and created a region-wide power outage that kept the Huntsville area -- including the SPoRT Center -- in the dark for nearly a week.
Image of the Day
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This view of Hurricane Isabel from space was taken on September 18, 2003, at 11:50 am EDT. The heart of Isabel is just making landfall. Red-, green-, and blue-filtered images were combined to create a true-color view of this dangerous storm.
Ingest and Product Status Pages
Though we're not 24/7, SPoRT strives to provide the most timely and reliable data products to its partners and end users. A system has been developed to monitor the health of our real-time data ingest and availability of LDM and FTP products. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the links below.