Severe Weather Parameters

We've added several plots that may aid forecasting of thunderstorms and severe weather. At current resolutions, MM5 cannot resolve individual thunderstorms, but their prediction may be possible using derived fields. The following fields will be tested.

Acknowledgments: Contributions to the development and coding of the parameters as well as my understanding of them were made by Drs. Erik Rasmussen (OU/CIMMS) and Dave Blanchard (NOAA/NSSL & OU/CIMMS). Many suggestions from Dr. Jimy Dudhia (NCAR/MMM) have also been incorporated herein.

Questions and Comments: Please direct any comments or questions about the real-time model to Jim Bresch (

Last modified: April 22, 1997