The Phased Array Radar Innovative Sensing Experiment 2013

parise.2013Last spring, 6 forecasters from both WFO Raleigh NC (RAH) and Peachtree City GA (FFC) participated in the Phased Array Radar Innovative Sensing Experiment (PARISE).  The project was motivated by the potential use of phased array radar (PAR) in the future.  Phased array radar (PAR) may have update times of a minute or less which would likely be of great benefit to meteorologists during rapidly evolving weather, especially convection. PAR would also bring some potential issues with the higher-temporal resolution of the radar data which could make information management an issue during the warning decision making process. The 2013 experiment built off previous experiments in 2010 and 2012 which all had the goal of determining the extent that higher-temporal resolution radar data can be effectively used during severe weather.  Results from that experiment were shared at the 30th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies in February 2014 – Katie A. Bowden, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and P. L. Heinselman, D. M. Kingfield, and R. P. Thomas. The experiment found that traditional verification numbers including POD, FAR, and lead team were all better with the PAR when compared to the traditional radar products currently available to forecasters .  Additional information is available at the links below:

Links to an abstract, a recorded presentation, and manuscript:

Another presentation on the project:

Project  web page:

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