S134 Comparison of TAMU-WRF Simulated Lightning Products to the Houston Lightning Mapping Array Network

Sunday, 22 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Brittany J. Toy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and D. W. Koeritzer, T. W. Spencer, C. K. Landry, D. Grabbs Jr., E. K. Boynton, and C. J. Nowotarski

High-resolution forecast models are often used to provide important location-specific information about various severe weather phenomena such as lightning. As part of the Texas A&M University Student Operational ADRAD Project (SOAP), a high-resolution, convection allowing real-time implementation of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model (TAMU-WRF), is run daily. The goal of this study is to verify the accuracy of the lightning products from this model using data from a reliable, established source. This poster will compare lightning flash count products from the TAMU-WRF to collected data from the Houston Lightning Mapping Array Network (HLMA), which is operated by the Texas A&M University Department of Atmospheric Sciences. This comparison will be performed over a climatology of lightning events in the Southeast Texas region spanning multiple months in 2016.

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