SPoRT Science Seminar Series
"Chemical Weather R2O in SPoRT with Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO)"
Date/Time: 9 AM, Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: NSSTC, SPoRT VCL, Room 3027
Speaker: Dr. Mike Newchurch, UAH
Wide World of SPoRT Blog
Spring Snow in New Mexico
Fri, 1 May 2015
With an unseasonably strong upper low approaching New Mexico, forecasters at NWS Albuquerque anticipated high elevation snow and widespread rain with relatively high QFP values for the period of 26-27 April 2015. A winter storm watch was issued at 400 am MDT on Saturday, April 25. Snow was forecast for the highest terrain across the northern and central New Mexico, but significant snow accumulations were expected late Sunday, April 26 through early Monday, April 26. Additionally, rain amounts in excess of an inch were expected across the eastern plains.
NWS Albuquerque Fog Product Evaluation
The Albuquerque National Weather Service Forecast Office recently evaluated the SPoRT MODIS fog product, also known as the spectral difference, as well as the GOES low cloud base and fog depth products. The Aviation forecaster on the morning of 7 January 2009 used these products to assist in producing and modifying the terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF) for two regional airports: Farmington and Gallup. The main issue was a concern about the validity of the timing of fog at each TAF site in the model guidance for these observation sparse locations. The SPoRT products were valuable, and the Aviation forecaster said, "Seeing where the lower clouds and fog were developing through the evening in the imagery made me much more confident if lower clouds and / or fog did occur, it woud not be until 10Z or after, as remained forecasted in the 06Z TAF."
Image of the Day
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This is a 24-hour summary of North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array activity across the Huntsville National Weather Service's County Warning Area for the Super Tuesday tornadoes on 6 February 2008. By looking at the lightning activity alone, once can see the specific tracks of the supercell thunderstorms (oriented from southwest to northeast) that crossed the region. Many of the tornadoes occurred as the lightning activity increased, shown by the brighter colors on the plot. This lightning jump is often used for helping issue tornado warnings.
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.