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Collaborative (Outreach) Activities

COMET Partners Projects

The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®) Outreach Program generally accepts proposals for National Weather Service (NWS) Partners Projects at any time. One of the most important criteria for funding is that the work be truly collaborative, i.e., that the NWS forecast office play a significant role in the research. Since Partners Projects are limited to one year in duration, the scope of these projects tends to be fairly limited and usually involves a single university participant teamed with one forecaster. Case studies of unusual events are common subjects for Partners Project investigations. As a general policy, the Outreach Program will not fund NWS projects that rely on the use of old technologies when new Modernization technologies are available. (More info)

Current and Recent NWS Southern Region Partners Projects

University
(start-end date)

NWS Office

Project Title

Topic

Univ. of Alabama--
Huntsville (6/07-5/08)
WFO Huntsville Synthesizing dual-polarimetric radar data with locally derived products and datasets within the National Weather Service AWIPS framework Radar
Univ. of Alabama--
Huntsville (3/96-8/97)
Southeast RFC Karst stream loss modeling for the National Weather Service river forecast system Hydrology/Flooding
Univ. of Alabama--
Huntsville (7/95-11/97)
WFO Birmingham Tornadic storms associated with shear lines within mesoscale convective systems Radar Studies, Tornadoes
Univ. of Central Florida
(10/00-9/01)
Southeast RFC Tide predictions for the Waccamaw River Intracoastal Waterway Coastal Weather, Ocean Wave and Currents
Univ. of Central Florida
(8/98-7/99)
Southeast RFC Tidal model for the National Weather Service river forecast system Coastal Weather,  Hydrology/Flooding
Florida Institute of Technology.
(7/06-7/07)
WFO San Juan Improving the meso-gamma scale prediction in the Puerto Rico Region: Observation analyses and numerical experiments of streamers Mesoscale, Hydrology/Flooding, QPF/QPE/Precipitation, NWP, Hurricanes/Tropical, Coastal
Florida Institute of Technology.
(7/03-7/04)
WFO Melbourne Using GOES SSTs to retrieve over-ocean air temperatures in support of local data assimilation and modeling efforts Coastal Studies, Satellite Studies
Florida Institute of Technology.
(2/03-1/04)
WFO Melbourne Assimilation of MODIS temperataive and water vapor profiles into a mesoscale analysis system Coastal Studies, Mesoscale Meteorology, Tropical Studies
Florida State Univ.
(8/2006-7/2007)
WFO Key Weste Impact of local analysis and prediction system on coastal/marine forecasts from NWS Key West Coastal, Marine/Oceans, Obs./Tools, NWP, Hurricanes/Tropical
Florida State Univ.
(1/04-12/04)
WFO Tallahassee Analysis of 3, 6, 12, and 24 hour precipitation frequencies over the southern US Climatology, Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting
Florida State Univ.
(1/04-12/04)
WFO Tallahassee "Development of a Web-based tutorial in the use of quasi-geostrophic diagnostics in conjunction with NWP model output for improvement of NWS forecasts" Numerical Weather Prediction
Florida State Univ.
(6/04-5/05)
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center Implementing an operational system for probabilistic quantitative precipitation forecasting developed under CSTAR QPF, NWP
Florida State Univ.
(3/96-4/99)
WFO Austin/San Antonio Fluctuations in squall line intensity and coherence in the vicinity of the Balcones Escarpment in Central Texas Severe Storms, Terrain Effects
Florida State Univ.
(6/94-3/95)
WFO Tallahassee Workshop on the impact of satellite products on global analysis and medium range prediction Satellite Studies, Workshop
Florida State Univ.
(7/91-12/92)
WFO Baton Rouge/New Orleans Gulf of Mexico cyclogenesis Climatology, Coastal Weather, Severe Storms
Univ. of Florida
(11/94-10/96)
WFO Tampa Bay Area Determining minimum temperatures Temperature Forecasts
Hydrologic Research Center
(7/2006-6/2008)
WFO Melbourne Towards development of a rapid response local wave model for the Melbourne, Florida, National Weather Service Forecast office Coastal, Marine
Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette
(8/2006-7/2007)
Lower Mississippi RFC Evaluation of the LMRFC multisensor precipitation estimates using independent dense rain gauge network and disdrometer measurements QPF/QPE/Precipitation, Radar
Univ. of Miami
(2/03-5/04)
WFO Miami Improving workstation-Eta performance through incorporation of high resolution diagnostic datasets at NWS-Miami Coastal Studies, Satellite Studies, Tropical Studies
Univ. of Missouri-Columbia
(1/04-12/04)
WFO Austin/San Antonio Analysis of the July 2002, San Antonio, TX anomalous rain event QPF, Radar Studies
Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte
(5/04-4/05)
WFO Miami Establishing the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) Model at NWS Miami and incorporating local data sets into initial and boundary conditions Mesoscale Modeling, NWP
Univ. of North Florida
(9/00-8/01)
WFO Jacksonville Development of deployable impromptu mesoscale web-enabled (DIMWED) network Field Project
Univ. of North Florida
(12/02-11/03)
WFO Jacksonville Development and evaluation of a prototype wireless storm spotter and mariner reporting system (WSSMRS) User/FO Enhancements
St. Louis University
(12/02-11/04)
WFO Melbourne Using MM5 to distinguish tornado-producing mesocyclones from non-tornadic mesocyclones in TC Gabrielle Mesoscale Modeling, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Tropical Studies
Univ. of Georgia
(4/98-9/99)
WFO Knoxville/Tri-Cities An investigation of the climatology, associated meteorology, and patterns of winter season cloud-to-ground lightning for the southeast and Mississippi Valley regions of the US Climatology, Lightning, Winter Storms
Jackson State Univ.
(2/99-5/00)
WFO Jackson The surprise record meso-snowfall event of 1997 in central Mississippi - How surprising and how common? Severe Storms, Winter Storms
Jackson State Univ.
(5/96-8/97)
WFO Mobile A preliminary investigation of the initiation of deep summertime convection in weakly sheared environments using the Mobile, AL WSR-88D Radar Studies, Severe Storms
Jacksonville Univ.
(6/95-11/95)
WFO Jacksonville Data collection and archival for the Jacksonville area sea breeze experiment Coastal Weather, Field Project, Radar Studies, Terrain Effects
Univ. of Missouri-Columbia
(5/07-4/08)
WFO Austin/San Antonio mproving our understanding of heavy rainfall events in south central Texas and the Texas Hill country QPF/QPE/Precipitation, Hydrology/Flooding
Univ. of New Mexico (11/97-10/98) WFO Albuquerque Verification of KABX 88D precipitation estimates using a meso-network at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge QPF, Radar Studies, Satellite Studies
Univ. of Oklahoma
(5/91-9/91)
WFO Baton Rouge/New Orleans,
WFO Austin/San Antonio
Gulf of Mexico return flow and its relationship to severe weather QPF, Severe Storms
Univ. of South Florida
(11/95-10/97)
WFO Tampa Bay Area Using WSR-88D and ACTS for precipitable water estimates and improving rainfall estimates QPE, Radar Studies, Satellite Studies
Texas A&M Univ.
(8/06-7/07)
WFO Fort Worth-Dallas Total lightning observations in the warning decision process for severe convection over the southern Great Plains Convective, Aviation
Texas A&M Univ.
(10/02-9/03)
WFO Houston Analysis and simulation of Allison (2001) over Texas Hydrology/Flooding, Mesoscale Modelling, QPF, Severe Storms, Tropical Studies
Texas A&M Univ.
(1/93-12/93)
WFO Houston Identifying and evaluating left-moving thunderstorms using WSR-88D PUP and defining environmental conditions that favor them Radar Studies, Severe Storms
Texas A&M Univ.
(1/93-12/95)
WFO Houston Improving hydrologic products generated by WSR-88D by comparing precipitation estimates with Doppler radar and identifying effect of range QPE, Radar Studies
Texas A&M Univ.
(1/93-12/93)
WFO Houston Study of the development/evolution of supercells by Doppler radars and the relationships of their life cycle to lightning characteristics Lightning, Radar Studies, Severe Storms
Texas Tech Univ.
(12/98-12/99)
WFO Lubbock 1999 National Weather Service/Texas Tech University severe weather conference Conference, Severe Storms
Texas Tech Univ.
(6/95-5/96)
WFO Lubbock Analysis of archive level II data recorded during an episode of severe weather on 25-26 May 1994 Radar Studies, Severe Storms, Tornadoes
Texas Tech Univ.
(6/96-4/98)
WFO Lubbock Development of an improved method of quantitative precipitation forecasting in West Texas QPF, Severe Storms
Univ. Texas at San Antonio
(8/06-7/07)
WFO Austin/San Antonio Validating DSP precipitation product using 50 GBRA rain gauge rainfall QPF/QPE/Precipitation, Radar, Hydrology/Flooding

COMET Cooperative Projects

The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®) Outreach Program issues requests for proposals for National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Projects approximately once each year. One of the most important criteria for funding is that the work be truly collaborative, i.e., that the NWS forecast office play a significant role in the research. Cooperative Projects promote broad research activities involving a university department or program working closely with one or more NWS offices (including WFOs, RFCs, and NCEP centers). University participants may include undergraduate and/or graduate students and several faculty and/or research associates. These projects may be one to three years in duration (extra points awarded for one or teo-year projects). (More info)

Current and Recent NWS Southern Region Cooperative Projects

University
(start - end date)

NWS Office

Project Title

Topic

University of Alabama
(7/00-6/03)
WFO Birmingham Special observing, forecast, and warning tools in the Tennessee Valley and their application to the end-to-end warning decision making process Lightning, Radar Studies, Severe Storms, Tornadoes
Florida Institute of Technology
(7/04-6/06)
WFOs Miami and Melbourne Assimilation of multi-satellite high resolution sea surface temperatures for a real-time local analysis and forecasting system Coastal Studies, Satellite Studies
Florida State Univ.
(8/07-7/09)
WFO Tallahassee Lightning and fire weather Convective, Fire Weather
Florida State Univ.
(6/04-5/07)
WFO Tallahassee The development of forecast confidence measures using NCEP ensembles and their real-time implementation within NWS web-based graphical forecasts NWP, Gridded Data
Florida State Univ.
(6/00-5/03)
WFO Tallahassee Joint research between Florida State University and NWS-Tallahassee Climatology, Fire Weather, Fog, Mesonets, Mesoscale Modeling, Ocean Waves & Currents, Radar Studies, Satellite Studies, Severe Storms, Temperature Forecasts, Tornadoes
Florida State Univ.
(2/97-1/01)
WFO Tallahassee Joint regional studies: sea breeze-induced convection, cloud-to-ground lightning, hail detection, fog forecasting, studies of the planetary boundary layer Climatology, Fog, Lightning, Mesoscale Modeling, Radar Studies, Severe Storms, Terrain Effects, Tropical Studies
Florida State Univ.
(1/98-1/00)
WFO San Juan A probabilistic approach to quantitative precipitation forecasting in Puerto Rico QPF, Terrain Effects, Tropical Studies
Florida State Univ.
(1/94-7/97)
WFO Tallahassee Joint regional studies, conceptual model of southern supercells, VIL and hail occurrence Climatology, Coastal Weather, Lightning, Radar Studies, Satellite Studies, Severe Storms, Terrain Effects
Florida State Univ.
(1/91-1/94)
WFO Tallahassee Prediction of local land/sea breeze circulations and associated convection Coastal Weather, Terrain Effects
Univ. of Central Florida
(8/03-7/04)
Southeast River Forecast Center Implementation of real-time tide and hurricane storm surge predictions for the National Weather Service River Forecast System Coastal Studies, Hydrology/Flooding, Tropical Studies
Univ. of North Florida
(8/01-9/04)
WFO Jacksonville Development of a Web-enabled mesoscale weather station network for northeast Florida Mesoscale Modeling, Mesonets, User/FO Enhancements
Univ. of Oklahoma
(1/00-12/02)
WFO Norman Evolution of warm-season MCS activity over the Great Plains during late-morning hours: Insights into short-term forecasting Radar Studies, Satellite Studies, Severe Storms, Wind Profiler Studies
Univ. of Oklahoma
(2/97-7/98)
WFOs Norman,
Minneapolis, and
Tallahassee
An evaluation of the warning utility of tornadic vortex signatures detected by WSR-88D radars Radar Studies, Severe Storms, Tornadoes
Univ. of Oklahoma
(1/94-10/97)
WFO Norman, Arkansas-
Red Basin RFC
Improving estimates of surface rainfall and river stage forecasts Hydrology/Flooding, QPE, QPF, Radar Studies
Univ. of South Florida
(8/99-12/02)
WFO Tampa Bay Area Wildfire forecasting in Florida Fire Weather, Lightning, QPF, Terrain Effects
Texas A&M Univ.
(6/99-9/00)
WFO Lake Charles Why and when lightning ground flash 'hot spots' occur in the National Weather Service Southern Region Lightning

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