Downbursts—an area of strong winds in a thunderstorm—can damage trees and buildings, disrupt air travel, and cause loss of life. Decades of work by scientists has revealed a lot of information about downbursts including certain features seen on radar, known as precursor signatures, that can help forecasters anticipate when a downburst might develop. However, downbursts […]
The first week of April concluded the 2021 Warn-on-Forecast Testbed Experiment as part of the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed. Like many scientific activities, this experiment was delayed and then moved virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.