Automated algorithms that analyze radar data and make short-term predictions for microburst events, as well as detecting low-altitude divergence signatures associated with their outflows, have been implemented for WSR-88D and TDWR systems. These applications rely on microburst “precursors” that may be observed at the higher altitudes of a storm shortly preceding the outflow at the surface to make short-lead-time forecasts of a microburst event. However, microburst events evolve rapidly, and because these radars typically only sample the upper portions of a storm once every 4 to 6 minutes (depending on scanning strategy), they may not sample key precursor features aloft or the near-surface outflow.
This presentation examines damage-producing severe microburst events that occurred in Central Oklahoma during July 2006 that were observed with the National Weather Radar Testbed (NWRT) Phased Array Radar (PAR). These storms formed within 50 km of the PAR site and were sampled with a temporal resolution of 15 to 30 seconds. We will compare the PAR observations of the storms with the KTLX WSR-88D, OKC TDWR, and multi-radar, multi-sensor information from the Warning Decision Support System – Integrated Information.