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FY 2009 Significant Accomplishments

  • Experimental Products and Services and Impact Weather Support:

    • a local experimental demonstration was completed during the summer of 2009 to issue in-house lightning advisories and warnings for the areas within 5 nm of Melbourne and Orlando International Airports. The KMLB 88D and Orlando TDWR radars as well as LDAR data from the KSC network were utilized to give advance alerting capability to the risk of a cloud to ground lightning strike. The results of this project were presented at the Southern Thunder Workshop, the 2009 NWA Annual and 2010 AMS Annual Meetings.
    • Installation of HYSPLIT code to support on-demand local runs and fixed site runs for plume dispersion modeling.
    • developed a local MODIS SST composite graphic for gulf stream identification.
  • Near shore Wave Modeling Initiative:

    • work continued on the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research Program (CSTAR) project to produce a high resolution wave model (CMS Wave/WABED)for the near shore waters for NWS Melbourne and Miami. Operational runs of WABED near-shore wave model run at FIT configured for ingest in AWIPS and GFE. High resolution near shore wave model implemented in operations for five sub-domains along the East Central Florida coast to improve near shore wave forecasts.
    • with collaboration from WFO MIA an initial configuration of the SWAN near shore model was completed. GFE configuration was also completed to allow forecasters to request on-demand SWAN wave model runs.

  • Tropical Cyclone program projects:

    • development and testing of new HLS formatter as part of the national HLS Formatter Team, including conducting developing and conducting training scenarios with the new formatter.
    • Testing, development and configuration of GFE Tropical Cycone Hazard Graphics and Smart Tools for national experimental Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics project. Expansion of Tropical Cylcone Impact Graphics to all coastal offices.

  • Collaborative Techniques to Enhance Information Exchange:

    • collaborated with Applied Meteorology Unit entities in support of official tasks: including making recommendations for new statistical method to calculate Lightning Probabilities around NWS MLB TAF sites.
    • Warm Season Lightning Probabilities for NWS MLB TAF sites installed on local intranet and forecaster training given to improve aviation forecasts.
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  • Authored / co-authored several conference pre-prints related to mesoscale and dispersion modeling, operational lightning and tropical cyclone issues, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in several conferences and interagency meetings. See NWS Melbourne Local Reserch page for additional information.

 


 

FY 2008 Significant Accomplishments

  • Experimental One-hour Thunderstorm Graphics and Impact Weather Support:

    • a demonstration was completed during the summer of 2008 to produce the Orlando International Airport TRACON Collaborative Convective Forecast Product which included two six-hour forecasts a day of one-hour thunderstorm coverage graphics within 75 nm of Orlando International Airport for aviation customers, airport managers and FAA personel. NWS MLB meteorologists collaborated with CWSUs Jacksonville and Miami twice a day to produce the forecasters that were made available on an experimental web site.
    • the high temporal resolution one-hour thunderstorm graphics were also generated for NWS Melbourne forecast area and were utilized in the Impact Weather Update and Graphicast.
    • configured a GFE Incident Spot Forecast Formatter for incident support forecasts to support emergency management agencies, first responders and incident exercises.
    • developed a local AWIPS application, VIL of the Day, which output potential severe hail VIL thresholds based on Florida raob data. Implemented for operational use for the summer 2008 convective season to support the NWS MLB Severe Weather program.

  • Near shore Wave Modeling Initiative:

    • work continued on the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research Program (CSTAR) project to produce a high resolution wave model (CMS Wave/WABED)for the near shore waters for NWS Melbourne and Miami. Test domains in the Melbourne and Miami coastal waters were configured.
    • COMET Partners Project "Towards development of a 'rapid response' local wave model for the Melbourne, Florida National Weather Service Forecast Office" was completed in the summer of 2008.

  • Tropical Cyclone program projects:

    • contined development of Tropical ZFP and CWF GFE formatters to include Expressions of Uncertainty.
    • traveled to NWSH/Raytheon for GFE HLS formatter testing for AWIPS Build OB 8.2.1. Found critical DRs that need to fixed during testing. Testing in preparation for first year with VTEC in the HLS product.
    • Testing, development and configuration of GFE Tropical Cycone Hazard Graphics and Smart Tools for national experimental Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics project.

  • Collaborative Techniques to Enhance Information Exchange:

    • collaborated with Applied Meteorology Unit entities in support of official tasks. Composite Soundings for warm season convective regimes installed on AWIPS to assist forecasters in refining gHWO Lightning Threat graphics.
    • provided Incident Support Meteorological (ISMET) services to NWS MLB Incident Response Meteorologists (J. Pendergrast and T. Sedlock) for a Disney traning exercise and the Canaveral Groves Wildfire incident.

  • Authored / co-authored several conference pre-prints related to mesoscale and dispersion modeling, operational lightning and tropical cyclone issues, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in several conferences and interagency meetings. See NWS Melbourne Local Reserch page for additional information.


FY 2007 Significant Accomplishments

  • Impact Weather and Incident Support Program:

    • new experimental product, Impact Weather Update and Graphicast, implemented during the summer convective season. This product typically addresses the short range hazardous weather situation through a series of posts in chronological order. It is meant to supplement official products while allowing the forecaster to convey additional in a more frequent and less formal format. Graphicasts are also often included to exand on and supplement information in the text forecast updates.
    • developed an operational concept for the NWS Melbourne Incident Support Program - to provide detailed and enhanced meteorological support to (or through) government agencies for the protection of life and property through planned events and unplanned incidents.
    • situational awareness display monitors set up in the operations area and forecasters trained on configuring the four displays for hazardous weather monitoring in varying weather situations.
    • support to Volusia county emergency management during Speed Week. Incident support meteorologist deployed with internet/voice chat communication to the office trough the incident support laptop which was configured with meteorological applications for NWS field support.
    • coordinated with local Homeland Security Program leader to determine two locations in NWS Melbourne forecast area for routine HYSPLIT runs with request forwarded to NCEP.

  • Near shore Wave Modeling Initiative:

    • a Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research Program (CSTAR) proposal was submitted with NWS/SR endorsement and approved. The project outlines work for configuring a local WRF/WABED coupled (ocean/atmosphere) modeling system with enhanced data assimilation at WFOs Miami and Melbourne. The project will support the work of three Principle Investigators (PIs) at FIT, Dr. Lazarus, Dr. Chiao, and Dr. Zarillo. The goals of this project are to improve the near shore wave forecasts through the use of a higher resolution wave (CMS Wave/WABED) model.
    • COMET Partners Proposal "Towards development of a 'rapid response' local wave model for the Melbourne, Florida National Weather Service Forecast Office" submitted.

  • Tropical Cyclone program projects:

    • "Tropical Cyclone Hazard Graphics: Wind Risk and Wind Threat" presented at NOAA Hurricane Conference. "Experimental Local Tropical Cyclone Local Hazard Graphics Update" presented at Governor's Hurricane Conference.
    • national Training developed for Tropical Cyclone Expressions of Uncertainty for ZFP and CWF.
    • continued to refine and develop GFE SmartTools for Tropical Cyclone Hazard Graphics.

  • Collaborative Techniques to Enhance Information Exchange:

    • collaborated with Applied Meteorology Unit entities in support of official tasks including NWA presentation "Using Flow Regime Lightning and Sounding Climatologies to Initialize Lightning Threat Forecasts for East Central Florida" and developed Composite Soundings on AWIPS task for 2007 tasking cycle.
    • continued to serve as Principal Investigator on U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Climate Forecasting System (CFS) subproject "Tropical Cyclone Forecasting and Warning" between the Government of India and the National Weather Service. Hosted Indian scientist on tour to the U.S., with an emphasize on forecast communications.

  • Authored / co-authored several conference pre-prints related to mesoscale modeling, operational lightning and tropical cyclone issues, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in several conferences and interagency meetings. See NWS Melbourne Local Reserch page for additional information.


FY 2006 Significant Accomplishments

 


FY 2005 Significant Accomplishments
  • Provided maintenance and modifications to the ARPS/ADAS analysis and prognostic schemes
    • transferred ADAS production to a new LINUX workstation
    • upgraded ARPS to version 5.1.2
    • procured additional nodes for cluster to allow eight 9-hour model runs per day (versus current four runs)
    • tested operational implementation of prototype ADAS GUI to allow forecasters to interact more efficiently with data ingest
  • Continued to develop experimental graphical products
    • tested experimental tropical cyclone wind speed exceedance probability grids in real-time and by using archived data
    • stratified lightning database to develop first-guess climatological lightning hazard maps
    • provided advice on graphical hazard products as member of several national teams
  • Continued to serve as Principal Investigator on International Tropical Cyclone Forecasting project between USAID, NWS, and Government of India
    • hosted study tour of four Indian scientists to WFO Melbourne, NHC, and HRD in Miami. Provided overview of Tropical Cyclone operations and interaction with emergency management agencies.
    • continued to coordinate additional Indian study tours to the USA and to develop related training programs
  • Provided advice/support to NASA personnel for space-flight operations
    • Hosted discussions with NASA personnel related to several new radar volume coverage patterns, supported radar operations for STS-121 (return to flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, July 26), and assisted with determination of tropopause height/temperature profiles for shuttle launch.
  • Authored / co-authored several conference pre-prints related to mesoscale modeling and operational lightning and tropical cyclone issues, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in several conferences and interagency meetings:
  • Other tasks:
    • attended NOAA Hurricane Conference at National Hurricane Center (NHC)
    • completed numerous AWIPS and HP workstation modifications, localizations, and customizations
    • worked with AMU meteorologist during several on-site visits
    • detailed to WFO Slidell to assist with warning operations for landfall of Hurricane Katrina and provided 'lessons learned' guidance to numerous WFOs prior to landfalls of Hurricanes Rita and Wilma

FY 2004 Significant Accomplishments
  • Provided maintenance and modifications to the ARPS/ADAS analysis and prognostic schemes
    • transferred ADAS production to a new LINUX workstation
    • upgraded ARPS to version 5.1.2
    • procured additional nodes for cluster to allow eight 9-hour model runs per day (versus current four runs)
    • tested operational implementation of prototype ADAS GUI to allow forecasters to interact more efficiently with data ingest
  • Continued to develop experimental graphical products
    • tested experimental tropical cyclone wind speed exceedance probability grids in real-time and by using archived data
    • stratified lightning database to develop first-guess climatological lightning hazard maps
    • provided advice on graphical hazard products as member of several national teams
  • Continued to serve as Principal Investigator on International Tropical Cyclone Forecasting project between USAID, NWS, and Government of India
    • hosted study tour of four Indian scientists to WFO Melbourne, NHC, and HRD in Miami. Provided overview of Tropical Cyclone operations and interaction with emergency management agencies.
    • continued to coordinate additional Indian study tours to the USA and to develop related training programs
  • Provided advice/support to NASA personnel for space-flight operations
    • Hosted discussions with NASA personnel related to several new radar volume coverage patterns, supported radar operations for STS-121 (return to flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, July 26), and assisted with determination of tropopause height/temperature profiles for shuttle launch.
  • Authored / co-authored several conference pre-prints related to mesoscale modeling and operational lightning and tropical cyclone issues, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in several conferences and interagency meetings:
  • Other tasks:
    • attended NOAA Hurricane Conference at National Hurricane Center (NHC)
    • completed numerous AWIPS and HP workstation modifications, localizations, and customizations
    • worked with AMU meteorologist during several on-site visits
    • detailed to WFO Slidell to assist with warning operations for landfall of Hurricane Katrina and provided 'lessons learned' guidance to numerous WFOs prior to landfalls of Hurricanes Rita and Wilma


      FY 2003 Significant Accomplishments
  • Provided maintenance and modifications to the ARPS/ADAS analysis scheme
    • changed to expanded, 4-km resolution ADAS domain, re-established distribution/display upon AWIPS and WWW
    • changed RUC background for ADAS initialization from interpolation of 3-12 hour forecasts to 1-3 hour forecasts
    • completed optimization and comprehensive documentation
    • maintained (experimental) operational utility of system, performed routine manual quality control of data
    • expanded web-based analysis products to include animations and added a "graphics glossary."
    • ported analysis data sets into local AWIPS workstations via LDAD and re-distributed to other FL WFOs via SRH
    • set up ADAS archive and began to archive all graphics generated for the WWW
    • added new FAWN sites to ADAS data ingest, AWIPS, and LAPS
    • examined potential for ingest of additional ADAS data sets (COMPS, DOT RWIS, etc.)
    • attempted to ingest KTBW radar into ADAS (configuration issues remain)
  • Supported space shuttle mission
    • Provided WSR-88D support and forecast coordination as requested during shuttle launch/launch attempts and recovery operations (STS-107; 16 Jan - 01 Feb)
  • Other tasks:
    • attended NOAA Hurricane Conference at National Hurricane Center (NHC) and made updated gHLS presentation
    • reviewed several drafts and final report for COMET proposal(s) with SPC and SLU concerning "TC mesocyclones"
    • completed numerous AWIPS and HP workstation modifications, localizations, and customizations
    • worked with AMU meteorologist during several on-site visits

    FY 2002 Significant Accomplishments
  • Provided maintenance and modifications to the ARPS/ADAS analysis scheme
    • maintained (experimental) operational utility of system; performed routine manual quality control of data
    • expanded web-based analysis products to include animations
    • ingested mesoscale data sets into local AWIPS workstations via LDAD with assistance from FIT meteorologist
    • ingested real-time ARPS/ADAS analyses into local AWIPS workstations
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  • Acquired 'Beowulf Cluster' to support Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) prognostic scheme (for FY2003)
    • researched requirements, obtained bids, and procured linux network consisting of twenty 2.2-2.4 ghz Xeon processors
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  • Upgraded and enhanced NWS Melbourne graphical Hurricane Local Statement (gHLS) experimental product suite
    • ported product production from PC platform to AWIPS Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) platform
    • updated webpage appearance and navigation of GFE gHLS web page
    • distributed files and information to all Florida WFOs to duplicate GFE gHLS production
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  • Participated in COMET Partners Project with St. Louis University (SLU) and the NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) concerning tropical cyclone (TC) tornadoes
    • hosted visit to NWS MLB by SLU researchers and traveled to SLU to present results of recent applied research and to discuss future tasks
    • provided review of SLU documentations and determined storm relative helicity values for numerous TC mesocyclones based on manually derived storm motions
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  • Assisted with local Scientific Applications Training
    • developed TC Gabrielle tornado severe weather event case using the Warning Event Simulator (WES) and supporting documentation. Provided copies of WES case to Florida WFOs and NWS Southern Region HQ
    • presented training session at Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL)
    • developed strategy, procedures, and documentation for future tornado events/warnings to assist with WES case production, staff severe weather training, and verification scores
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  • Supported four space shuttle missions
    • provided WSR-88D support and forecast coordination as requested during shuttle launch/launch attempts, landing/landing attempts and ferry operations (STS-108, 5 Dec.; STS-109, 1 Mar.; STS-110, 8 Apr.; and STS-111, 5 June)
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  • Authored / co-authored several articles related to ARPS/ADAS and tropical cyclone tornadoes, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in several conferences and interagency meetings:
  • Other tasks:
    • attended NOAA Hurricane Conference at National Hurricane Center (NHC) and made updated gHLS presentation
    • reviewed several drafts and 6-month progress report for COMET proposal(s) with SPC and SLU concerning "TC mesocyclones"
    • hosted on-site visits by WFO Key West SOO and NHC SOO
    • assisted with local hosting of AMS Annual Meeting in Orlando
    • developed local Hurricane Outreach presentation
    • completed numerous AWIPS and HP workstation modifications, localizations, and customizations
    • worked with AMU meteorologist during several on-site visits

FY 2001 Significant Accomplishments
  • Completed implementation of ARPS/ADAS analysis scheme
  • Worked with ENSCO to finalize ingest and improve timeliness of numerous data sets (RUC, Satellite, KMLB level II radar data, METARS, NASA tower mesonet, NASA profilers, FAWN mesonet, APRS mesonet, ACARS) into ADAS and began continuous updates with 15-minute frequency, implemented "blacklist" feature.
  • Transitioned ARPS/ADAS analyses into forecast operations
    • Developed web-based display for real-time analyses and presented training seminar to staff. Examined output daily, evaluated usefulness, and introduced discussion into daily map briefings as appropriate. Developed web-based display for public use as a graphical weather roundup.
  • Organized and hosted Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) #6 [14-15 November]
    • Solicited presentations, produced an agenda, organized participation/attendance, and hosted event at FIT.
    • presented two briefings: "Local ADAS Experiences and Future Work at NWS MLB" and "Local Adaptation of Tropical Cyclone Guidance and Applications"
  • Traveled to SMG for an orientation visit during a shuttle landing opportunity [30 April - 02 May]
    • Organized and participated in a familiarization trip to observe shuttle landing forecast preparations and briefings during STS-100. Provided a written summary of experiences to staff.
  • Supported seven space shuttle missions
    • Provided WSR-88D support and forecast coordination as requested during shuttle launch and landing operations. Traveled to the ROCC to observe shuttle launch preparations and abort scenarios on three occasions (STS-98, 7 Feb.; STS-100, 19 Apr.; and STS-105, 9 Aug.). Four MLB forecasters completed orientation trips to the AMU / ROCC.
  • Authored / co-authored several articles on the ARPS/ADAS implementation, reviewed numerous AMU manuscripts, provided comments on AMU tasks, and attended and/or participated in interagency meetings:
  • Updated AMU sections on MLB internet site and LANTERN
    • Developed a new AMU section for the MLB homepage, containing the recently established position description, documentation of recently completed and current tasks, agency interactions, etc. Reorganized the AMU section of the LANTERN intranet site.
  • Other tasks:
    • Developed WARNGEN "competency units" to conduct staff training
    • Presented "TC Mesocyclone" seminar at University of Hawaii
    • Attended NOAA Hurricane Conference at TPC and made gHLS presentation
    • Reviewed several drafts of COMET proposal with SPC and SLU concerning "TC mesocyclones"
    • Attended AMS annual meeting and presented "graphical flood threat" poster
    • Organized and sponsored "Florida Tropical Workshop" at TPC
    • Attended Florida prescribed burn course (fire weather)
    • Completed COMET project with TBW and USF concerning "Wildfire Forecasting in Florida"
    • Entertained Global Atmospherics, Inc. and FIT meteorologists during on-site visits
    • Completed numerous AWIPS and HP workstation modifications, localizations, and customizations
    • Participated in several telcons and local meetings concerning 2002 AMS meeting organization
    • Worked with AMU (ENSCO, Inc.) meteorologist during numerous on-site visits

 


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