Spring Program 2001
The Spring Program is a part of the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed.
Science Support Area

16 April - 8 June 2001

Forecasters and scientists from the Storm Prediction Center, National Severe Storms Laboratory, and other NWS/NOAA agencies will be participating in a Spring Research Program to explore ways of improving short term forecasts of convective initiation and evolution, directly leading to increased projection time in SPC severe local storm watches. 

Forecast operations will be conducted M-Th from 17 April through 8 June 2001.

In addition to the creation of daily forecast products and evaluation exercises, a daily MAP DISCUSSION and review of previous day verification will be held daily at 1:00pm CDT in the Science Support Area. The map discussion is open to all Weather Center staff.

Spring Program 2001 - Operations Plan
Schedule of Participants

Forecast and Daily Evaluation Forms
Daily Checklist of Participant Duties  (Print Version)

Current Forecast and Evaluation Forms:
(Updated at 17Z and 20Z Daily [Mon-Thu])

Spring Program Forecast Domain
Period 1:  18Z-21Z


Spring Program Forecast Domain
Period 2:  21Z-00Z
  • Period 2 Thunderstorm Forecast (20Z  v. 21-00Z)

  • Discussion and Graphics)

    Archive and Verification Data:
    (Click on the respective month for additional information)

    April 2001
    May/June 2001

    Experimental Model and Forecast Links:

    Weekly Climatology for Severe Reports (animation)
    Current SPC Day 1 Convective Outlook
    Cloud Model Ensemble Predictions (Elmore/NSSL)
    WRF Model Predictions w/ EtaKF Parameterization
    MM5 Model Predictions
    EtaKF Model Predictions

    RUC/MAPS Forecast Web Page - FSL
    20km RUC Test/Evaluation Page
    RUC 2/20km Interactive Forecast Soundings

    Other Relevant Internet Links:

    Storm Prediction Center
    National Severe Storms Laboratory - Mesoscale Applications Group (MAG)
    National Severe Storms Laboratory
    National Weather Service Home Page
    National Weather Service Forecast Office - Norman, OK
    Forecast Systems Lab (FSL) Weather Products
    Environmental Modeling Center (EMC)

    SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis
    SPC Interactive RUC2 Model Composite Page
    SPC National Weather Analysis and Briefing Page
    NCAR-RAP Real-Time Weather Data