NOAAs Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) and National Weather Service will evaluate these data by performing several tasks.
- FSL will make TAMDAR data available to NWS weather forecaters on the FSL aircraft data web site and as AWIPS-displayable data files through its Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS).
- NWS field forecasters will document and study those situations in which the TAMDAR data improves their understanding of weather situations and results in improved forecasts.
- To characterize wind, temperature, and humidity uncertainties, FSL will compare the TAMDAR data with those from other sensors such as radars, wind profilers, radiosondes, other aircraft, and automated surface stations.
- To begin to characterize turbulence and icing uncertainties, FSL will compare TAMDAR reports with relevant voice pilot reports.
- FSL will ingest the TAMDAR data into a retrospective test version of the RUC model and will study and document the effect these data have on model performance.
Because the Fleet Experiment started in late summer 2004, this will be a report on current, preliminary findings.