87th AMS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, 17 January 2007: 11:00 AM
Warning Decision Support System - Integrated Information (WDSS-II) Progress and Plans
216AB (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
Kurt D. Hondl, NOAA/NSSL, Norman, OK; and V. Lakshmanan, T. M. Smith, and G. J. Stumpf
Poster PDF (26.5 kB)
The Warning Decision Support System -- Integrated Information (WDSS-II) has been enhanced to support several new research and real-time efforts. The real-time ingest now includes Canadian radar data, the National Weather Radar Testbed (NWRT) Phased Array Radar (PAR), and the CASA X-band radar network being testing in Oklahoma.

New outputs include Grib2 files and a variety of georeferenced products covering the continental United States and capable of being displayed in GIS systems such as Google Earth.

New or improved algorithms include an improved WSR-88D reflectivity quality-control algorithm, improved azimuthal shear detection, a local-maximum feature tracker, and a faster real-time 3D multi-radar product creation. New experiments include an experimental warning program, real-time delivery of products to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and several National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices and a real-time hail verification experiment.

The 3D base radar display is being configured as the Four-Dimensional Stormcell Investigator (FSI) and is currently being transferred to the National Weather Service AWIPS. Also, there are plans to transfer the multi-radar, multi-sensor applications, as well as some aspects of the infrastructure to the next generation AWIPS.

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