85th AMS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 11 January 2005: 11:00 AM
Lightning and its application to improving short-range forecasting
Steven J. Goodman, NASA/MSFC, Huntsville, AL
We ask how lightning measurements might best be used to improve short-term (0-24 hr) weather forecasting. We examine recently developed strategies for the integration of lightning data into short-term forecasts (nowcasts) of convective and severe weather hazards and the assimilation of lightning data into numerical weather prediction models. In each strategy we define specific metrics of forecast improvement and a progress assessment. We also address the conventional observing system deficiencies and potential gap-filling information that can be addressed through the use of the lightning measurement.

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