12.1 Exploring Scanning Strategies to Improve Radar Warning Operations across North Central and Northeast Louisiana with the New Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe's Radar

Thursday, 11 January 2018: 3:30 PM
Ballroom E (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Cynthia K. Palmer, NOAA/NWS, Shreveport, LA; and M. M. Berry, T. A. Murphy, C. Entremont, and D. Lamb

In October 2016, the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) acquired an S-band polarimetric Doppler radar through a grant funded through the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LA GOHSEP). This radar serves two purposes. The first is as a basic education and research tool for ULM’s Atmospheric Sciences Department. The second is to assist the National Weather Service (NWS) with warning operations across northeast Louisiana.

In the latter part of February 2017, real time radar data started flowing into both NWS Shreveport and NWS Jackson through GR2Analyst. During several severe weather events to follow in March, April, and May, ULM employed two different scanning strategies to assist with NWS radar operations. This study will explore the benefits and limitations of both of these scanning strategies as well as discuss possible future scanning strategies.

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