14B.5A Evaluating the Near Storm Environment Awareness (NSEA) Applications at the Operations Proving Ground (OPG)

Thursday, 11 January 2018: 4:30 PM
404 (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
David G. Hotz, NOAA/NWS, Morristown, TN; and A. R. Anderson, J. W. Dellicarpini, C. Entremont, S. J. Keighton, P. T. Marsh, J. S. Schaumann, M. sutton, T. J. Turnage, and J. R. Wiedenfeld

Handout (1.9 MB)

In the late spring of 2017, the National Weather Service (NWS) Operations Proving Ground (OPG) hosted and facilitated an evaluation of Near Storm Environment Awareness (NSEA) applications and other high-resolution data sets within a convective warning operational setting. The NSEA applications development is recognized as a national Science and Operations Officer - Development Operations Hydrologist (SOO - DOH) project incorporating NWS meteorologists from three different regions spanning a large part of the U.S.. This project is recognized as the first to follow the Virtual Lab (VLab) to OPG pathway protocol first presented at the 2015 National SOO-DOH meeting.

The two programs evaluated were 1) the NSEA Application (a stand-alone graphical user interface that displays color-coded values of various environmental parameters across a domain and includes analysis and modification of model-based soundings), and 2) the NSEA Digital Cursor Readouts (an an enhancement within the AWIPS "D2D" interface that allows dynamic cursor sampling of various parameters which are typically overlaid with radar or other observational datasets.

The purpose of the NSEA project is to increase situational awareness of convective storm environments to better anticipate thunderstorm hazards that can then be messaged to stakeholders. The intended users of the NSEA applications are the warning team, meso-analyst, and enhanced short term forecaster. The two programs evaluated were the NSEA Application and the NSEA Digital Cursor Readouts.

The objectives of the evaluation were to:

  1. Demonstrate, evaluate and gather feedback on the two NSEA applications

  2. Evaluate workload challenges using the applications in various settings

  3. Test application interoperability with other tools, such as ProbSevere and GOES-16.

This presentation will provide an overview of the evaluation and a detailed analysis of the forecaster feedback with recommendations on incorporating the NSEA applications into operations.

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