Earth System Science Center and Department of Atmospheric Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Next Seminar

Coming up next:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 12:45 pm;   Room 4065

Impact of the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Project on the Operational Weather Community

Gary Jedlovec

SPoRT Project Lead

NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center


The mission of the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project is to demonstrate the utility of NASA experimental data and research capabilities to improve short-term weather forecasts on a regional and local scale.  The project has grown significantly since its inception in 2002 and now includes components aimed at demonstrating the utility of current and future NOAA operation sensors in a similar way.  The seminar will provide an overview of the SPoRT project and its unique characteristics that has made it a model for transition of research to operations and applications for the Agency.  It will also provide examples of how it is preparing forecasters for future satellite measures.

Last week:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

12:45 pm;   Room 4065 

The National Weather Service:

An Overview of Operations from Routine Forecasts to Impact Weather

Chris Darden

National Weather Service Forecast Office


The primary mission of the National Weather Service is the protection of life and property.  To further that mission, the NWS forecast office in Huntsville has been serving the residents of the Tennessee Valley for over a decade.  This presentation will provide an overview of the NWS Huntsville staffing and operational protocols.  This will include a discussion of the various duties and responsibilities of an NWS office along with the unique partnerships and community activities.  We will discuss in detail the support services provided by the office from the forecast and outlook phase to the decision support and post-event/assessment phases.  Time permitting, the presentation will conclude with a brief discussion on the future of our agency and forecast and warning services.

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