S119 Comparison of the TAMU-WRF Simulated Reflectivity to Radar Observations

Sunday, 10 January 2016
Hall E ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Brittany J. Toy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and T. W. Spencer, C. K. Landry, and C. Nowotarski

High-resolution, convection-allowing forecast models are able to provide realistic representations of precipitation, but verification of such forecasts are needed to determine their usefulness. This poster will present research comparing Texas A&M University's Aggie Doppler Radar (ADRAD) reflectivity to the Texas A&M University's Weather Research and Forecasting model's (TAMU-WRF) simulated reflectivity. In order to find similarities and differences, the authors will use multiple weather events that occurred within ADRAD's range and compare both products. TAMU- WRF was recently launched this summer and produces real time, 3-km resolution daily forecasts. ADRAD, which is located on top of the Eller Oceanography & Meteorology Building on the main campus of Texas A&M University, is an S-Band radar with a 1.5 degree beam width.

A series of case studies comparing modeled and observed reflectivity will be presented for a variety of local meteorological events. Results verifying structure, location, and intensity of precipitation simulated by TAMU-WRF will be shown.

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