On November 18th and 19th over 30 meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) as well as faculty and students from N.C. State University (NCSU) gathered in Raleigh to begin implementation of a 3 year Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) project. This CSTAR project is entitled “Improving Understanding and Prediction of High Impact Weather Associated with Low-Topped Severe Convection in the Southeastern U.S.” This project will build off of previous collaborative research between NCSU and the NWS, which has had very successful research to operation results.
Meteorologists from 10 NWS WFOs along with NWS Eastern Region Headquarters (ERH) met on the campus at NCSU while two WFOs, the Storm Prediction Center and others at ERH participated remotely. The workshop provided an opportunity to share experiences with the previous CSTAR project and its associated research to operations activities, to finalize implementation details and the execution of the new CSTAR project. Presentations from the workshop are available via Google Drive at this URL: https://drive.google.com/a/noaa.gov/folderview?id=0B1K1lG7wfKxMYi1XUTlWc3pzVlU&usp=sharing. Look for additional details on the workshop including follow up activities, highlights and updates in future blog posts.