S152 Evaluating Likely Hail Impacts from SPC Day One Outlooks

Sunday, 6 January 2013
Exhibit Hall 3 (Austin Convention Center)
Brittany Nicole Recker, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; and S. M. Leidner and D. Gombos

The purpose of this study is to interpret the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) convective outlooks for potential impacts. Radar data was used to provide the link between what has been forecast by SPC outlooks to what actually occurred. Several metrics, such as total area (km^2) of SPC outlooks and radar-determined hail, and center of mass positions, were calculated in order to evaluate SPC outlooks. It was found that, over the sample size in this study (n = 108 case days), the percentage of radar hail probability area inside the SPC Slight Risk threshold is approximately 23%, while the percentage of SPC Slight Risk or greater covered by radar data is approximately 12%. A correlation coefficient of 0.595 was also found by looking at the relationship between SPC area-weighted probability and the area of radar data that overlaps the SCP Slight Risk areas. These values, along with the other metrics, will allow convective outlook forecast users to be better prepared for the impacts of severe hail.
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