92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 4:15 PM
Solid Precipitation Testbed Plans, Activities and Results to Date
Room 355 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Tilden P. Meyers, NOAA, Oak Ridge, TN; and B. B. Baker, R. M. Rasmussen, and R. Nitu

The NCAR Marshall Field research site has been operating for over ten years as a testbed to assess various solid precipitation measurement techniques. This joint collaboration between NOAA, NCAR, NWS, and FAA tests and evaluates new gauges, wind shields and other solid precipitation measurement techniques. With the vast array of instrumentation and testing that is ongoing, the Marshall facility has been selected as one of the sites in North America to participate in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Solid Precipitation Inter-Comparison Experiment (SPICE). This global study will focus on the ability to measure solid precipitation accurately as well as quantify and defined achievable thresholds and accuracies. Current site configurations will be presented as well as major experimental objectives. Results to date will be presented along with the latest plans for SPICE.

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