Using AWIPS 2 LMA Data for Decision Support

WFO Huntsville is supporting the Panoply Arts Festival in downtown Huntsville this weekend.  This event, which often features over 100,000 attendees, has a history of being disrupted due to bad weather.  WFO Huntsville staff are working both on-site and at the WFO to make sure that everyone remains safe.

WFO staff are using the new LMA plug-in provided by SPoRT to determine whether a lightning threat exists for the festival.  A cell developed in Lawrence County, AL, Saturday afternoon, and using the LMA data, we were able to determine that it contained intracloud lightning.  (The concentric circles indicate the 5 and 10-mile radii from the festival site.)

KHTX radar and North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array source density data, with range rings from downtown Huntsville

KHTX radar and North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array source density data, with range rings from downtown Huntsville

Fortunately, subsequent LMA and radar scans indicated a weakening trend, and it ended up posing no threat to the festival and its attendees.

2 thoughts on “Using AWIPS 2 LMA Data for Decision Support

  1. This is another very interesting post for the LMA. It is interesting to see the capabilities of these data beyond severe weather warnings. Thanks for the post.

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