Using military meteorology methods to improve information dissemination
This case study highlights a severe weather event that was well covered by both National Weather Service and Air Force meteorologists. The 23 July storms can be classified as a high-impact, high-confidence event since the Storm Prediction Center issued a mesoscale discussion and a weather watch well before the storms affected the area. As the NWS and the military operate with different end goals, they use different forecast cycles, warning criteria, and lead time thresholds. By comparing and contrasting these factors, improvements can be made to the timeliness of warnings and the dissemination of important information to the public.