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Convective outlooks: Part 2 - Enhanced resolution thunderstorm outlooks

Added on: August 20, 2015         Duration: 8 minutes

While not aviation centric, meteorologists at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) located in Norman, Oklahoma generate a variety of forecasts useful to pilots that will help identify the location and timing of adverse weather especially during the warm season. With respect to thunderstorms, their primary focus is to identify the potential for widespread severe convection. This is captured in a forecast product called the Day 1 or Day 2 convective outlook that identifies categorically the greatest severe weather threat and the severity of the event, when possible. Since these thunderstorm forecasts span a 24 hour period with only a 10-percent probability contour, they provide little in the way of temporal or spatial resolution. While non-operational at the moment, the Storm Prediction Center also issues a separate probabilistic forecast called the enhanced resolution thunderstorm outlook that will identify thunderstorm hazards better in time and space than the Day 1 convective outlook. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the enhanced resolution thunderstorm outlook issued by the Storm Prediction Center.


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