Comments on "National Weather Service Warning Per- among National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra- tion researchers and operational meteorologists. Sev- formance Based on the WSR-88D" eral experimental programs were undertaken during this period to use Doppler data and to integrate new types of The recent article "National Weather Service Warning observations with exploratory diagnostic routines. These Performance Based on the WSR-88D" by Polger et al. efforts were preceded by thorough training. Local NWS (1994) presents interesting information and case examples concerning use of the new WSR-88D radars. Although the management philosophy was supportive; NSSL staff article is generally quite useful, we feel that additional often worked directly in the WSFO; and creative new background information might have been provided in sec- forecast and warning techniques were developed. tion 4, "Recent verification statistics," that would have • 1985-88: The NWSFO and NSSL work together to develop Doppler radar training for all forecaster staff. helped the reader interpret more objectively the figures shown in the section. We agree with the authors that "severe weather verification has an inherent level of subjec- We feel that the WSR-88D Doppler radar is an excellent tivity." However, we feel that the complexities of interpreting tool for
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1994
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