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WindBorne Weather Balloon Reaches New Heights in Atmospheric Measurement Capability

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The Observations Program at the Weather Program Office has partnered with WindBorne Systems, Inc. to fund the development of an advanced weather balloon. This technology offers a low cost platform enabling collection of surface to stratosphere weather data in lesser-sampled regions. With an average flight time of 7 days and a maximum flight time of 16, the balloons are capable of flying significantly longer than traditional radiosondes. Their dynamic altitude control further allows them to be directed in real-time to change altitude for vertical profiling of the atmosphere. This capability allows sampling of high-impact regions for forecasts, such as the planetary boundary layer, as well as high altitude sampling about the tropopause. 

Phased Array Radar

Research Informed Decision-Support for the Future of Weather Forecasting.

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Radar is an essential observing technology for weather forecasting and research. It provides critical data for weather forecasts and warnings, benefits meteorological research and aids the National Weather Service’s (NWS) delivery of impact-based decision support services to partners. This includes those in the emergency management and water resources communities, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government partners. NOAA’s National Weather Service is part of a tri-agency partnership with the United States Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration to support our Nation’s weather radars. The combined current system is the Weather Surveillance Radar 1988-Doppler system (WSR-88D), also known as NEXtgeneration RADar (NEXRAD), with 159 operational stations across the country and U.S. territories. The WSR-88D network has been in operation since the early to mid 1990s, but has been continuously upgraded with the latest technology. NEXRAD is the primary observing system that collects data for weather prediction, including winds, precipitation data, turbulence, lightning, and other environmental variables. Combining this data with forecast models, the NWS is able to provide daily forecasts that are critical for public needs, including warnings and watches for severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and heavy snow. 

New EPIC Workshop

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July 18th-22nd at the Holiday Inn in College Park, MD and virtually everywhere

This summer the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC), the Unified Forecast System (UFS), and the UFS Research to Operations community are coming together to deliver a five-day Unifying Innovations in Forecasting Capabilities Workshop. Throughout the week, attendees will have the opportunity to explore avenues for their own research development, learn about updates to the UFS, share successes within the scope of contributing the most reliable and accurate forecast modeling system in the world, and voice their thoughts on where our exciting future will go from here. It is the goal of the workshop to engage the greater weather enterprise and academia in the on-going effort to accelerate contributions to the Unified Forecast System. This first-of-its-kind event is your chance to dive into innovations in forecasting.

Visit the workshop web page to view the agenda and register or submit an abstract: https://epic.noaa.gov/eventsposts/epic-summer-workshop/

WPO Launches New Social Science Hub

By Alexus Moore and the Social Science Program Team

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Over the last 15 years, NOAA has made great strides in integrating social and behavioral sciences in part through externally funded research projects. The goal of these efforts is to improve the communication of forecast products, assess the verbal and visual presentation of uncertainty, understand hazardous weather decision environments, and more. While much social and behavioral science research exists on these topics, it is not always presented in forms most accessible to forecasters and physical science researchers. This also makes navigating how to successfully integrate social science findings into physical science research and operational products challenging.

This is what inspired the Weather Program Office’s Social Science Program to increase the accessibility of social science research within NOAA—both for operational meteorologists and research scientists, through launching WPO’s Social Science Program’s internal Google site. 

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