Proving Ground Activities in the HWT
Kristin Calhoun, OU/CIMMS and NOAA/NSSL, Norman, OK
William Line, National Weather Service
Tiffany Meyer, OU/CIMMS and NOAA/NSSL
Darrel Kingfield, OU/CIMMS and NOAA/NSSL
Since 2009, the satellite proving ground experiment at the Hazardous Weather Testbed in Norman, OK has provided an operational demonstration and evaluation of upcoming products and capabilities associated with satellites for use within hazardous weather analysis, forecasts, and warnings. The recently launched GOES-16 (previously GOESR) and additional demonstration of JPSS products introduces and familiarizes users with newly developed products associated with the next generation of satellites. The 2017 evaluation focused on gauging the effectiveness of the GOESR training, testing forecaster understanding of GOESR data, understanding the usability and effectiveness of the visualizations in AWIPS, and identifying best practices for integrating the new data. Experimental and operational satellite products evaluated in the HWT include the multiple products from the GOES16 Advanced Baseline Imager, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper, Atmospheric Motion Vectors, the ProbSevere Hazard Model, Lightning Jump Algorithm, and NUCAPS temperature and moisture profiles. Feedback received during GOES-R and JPSS product demonstrations is integrated into training initiatives and into research regarding future product development and visualizations.