Today marks the first day of the 2014 Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) Spring Experiment, which will run through the first week in June (Experimental Warning Program (EWP) Big Spring Experiment will be off for Memorial Day week). The HWT provides the GOES-R Proving Ground with an opportunity to demonstrate baseline and future capabilities products associated with the next generation GOES-R geostationary satellite system that have the potential to improve short-range hazardous weather nowcasting and forecasting. The availability of GOES-R products will demonstrate, pre-launch, a portion of the full observing capability of the GOES-R system, subject to the constraints of existing data sources to emulate the satellite sensors.
GOES-R products being evaluated this year include: Synthetic Satellite Imagery, NearCast System, Convective Initiation, Probability of Severe Model, Overshooting Top Detection, PGLM Total Lightning products, Tracking Tool and Lightning Jump Algorithm. These products will be demonstrated by National Weather Service forecasters and broadcast meteorologists within a simulated warning operations environment using a real-time AWIPS-II framework within the HWT EWP. When and if appropriate and if time permits, several of these products may be demonstrated informally in the HWT Experimental Forecast Program (EFP) during the mid-afternoon when the EFP severe storm forecasts are being updated.
As in previous years, participants, in addition to myself and visiting scientists, will make frequent posts to the following blog regarding the days activities, product performance, product feedback, etc.: http://www.goesrhwt.blogspot.com/