Use of the West Texas Lightning Mapping Array in Operations at WFO Lubbock

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 11:15 AM
225AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Jason Jordan, NOAA/NWSFO, Lubbock, TX; and S. R. Cobb and E. C. Bruning

The implementation of the West Texas Lightning Mapping Array (WTLMA) by the Atmospheric Science Group at Texas Tech has provided operational forecasters at the NWS office in Lubbock, TX real-time data since spring 2012. After undergoing training, also developed by Texas Tech and specifically for the NWS, meteorologists have used the total lightning data for a variety of applications in daily operations and in collaborative research with Texas Tech University. Real-time WTLMA point source data is currently displayed in the New Mexico Tech LiveLMA display with forecasters responding favorably to viewing data in this format.

The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the use of raw source data within LiveLMA during forecast and warning operations. Correlation of the LMA data and storm-scale features in developing convection, microburst producing multicellular storms, within merging supercell storms, transitions in convective modes, and other weather typical of West Texas will be shown. Use of LMA data for Decision Support Services will also be discussed.