December 21, 2010. Suitland, Maryland.
NOAA/NESDIS researcher Dr. Ken Pryor is using Weatherflow observations to help verify his newly developed microburst forecasting technique, in which he uses GOES Satellite imagery to estimate surface wind speeds emanating from convection. On several recent occasions, WeatherFlow observations have verified the estimates generated by his algorithm. Two such events occurred on 17 Nov. and 1 Dec.2010 in locations on the Chesapeake Bay, during which nearby WeatherFlow stations recorded extremely strong winds, including gusts to 50 kts.
For more information on these events and Dr. Pryor’s research, check out Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics on arXiv.org.