Wiener Neustadt, Austria

ESSL Seminar: Dynamics and Prediction of Severe Convection

Much progress has been made in forecasting severe thunderstorms during the past decades owing to an improved understanding of the governing processes, better remote-sensing capabilities, and increased computer power. The goal of this seminar is to provide the participants with a robust, up-to-date conceptual understanding of the governing processes and forecasting strategies.

The lectures target meteorologists with prior forecasting experience of mesoscale weather and prior exposure to the fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics. The lectures will cover the dynamics and prediction of severe thunderstorms and their attendant hazards, drawing upon the body of understanding obtained from decades of prior theoretical, observational, and numerical modeling studies, as well as the latest, state-of-the-art strategies in use today.

Topics include

  • convection initiation,
  • the influence of the environment on convective storm mode,
  • isolated convective storms,
  • convective systems,
  • large hail, tornadoes,
  • damaging straight-line winds,
  • and ingredients-based forecasting.

The lecturer is Dr. Yvette Richardson form Pennsylvania State University.

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