Tornado Pathlength Forecasts from 2010 to 2011 Using Ensemble Updraft Helicity Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; Examining forecasts from the Storm Scale Ensemble Forecast (SSEF) system run by the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms for the 2010 NOAA/Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiment, recent research diagnosed a strong relationship between the cumulative pathlengths of simulated rotating storms (measured using a three-dimensional object identification algorithm applied to forecast updraft helicity) and the cumulative pathlengths of tornadoes. This paper updates those results by including data from the 2011 SSEF system, and illustrates forecast examples from three major 2011 tornado outbreaks—16 and 27 April, and 24 May—as well as two forecast failure cases from June 2010. Finally, analysis updraft helicity (UH) from 27 April 2011 is computed using a three-dimensional variational data assimilation system to obtain 1.25-km grid-spacing analyses at 5-min intervals and compared to forecast UH from individual SSEF members.

publication date

  • April 1, 2013

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • May 25, 2022 6:41 AM

Full Author List

  • Clark AJ; Gao J; Marsh PT; Smith T; Kain JS; Correia J; Xue M; Kong F

author count

  • 8

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-8156

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-0434

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 387

end page

  • 407


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