6.2 A Lightning Mapping Array for West Texas: Deployment and Research Plans

Tuesday, 25 January 2011: 2:00 PM
602/603 (Washington State Convention Center)
Eric C. Bruning, Texas Tech Univ, Lubbock, TX; and N. Y. Wang, R. I. Albrecht, and K. Gopalan
Manuscript (1.2 MB)

VHF Lightning Mapping Arrays and space-based optical lightning detectors (TRMM/LIS, GOES-R/GLM) have advanced total lightning mapping capabilities and have opened a range of new applications. Deployment plans for a new LMA in West Texas (the WTLMA) will be discussed. Data from the WTLMA will be delivered to regional and national operational testbeds such as the GOES-R GLM Proving Ground. When linked with the Oklahoma LMA, this system will provide extensive 2D and 3D total mapping coverage, suitable for examination of time evolution long-track supercells and extensive mesoscale convective systems. Research is planned in the distinguishing characteristics of storm charge structure and flashes in convective and stratiform regions of storms. Convective / stratiform discrimination is important in microwave and infrared precipitation estimation methods, and results of work in this area will be shown.
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