TCF was introduced in March as a replacement for the experimental CAWS that had been in place for several years. The 2017 experiment will apply feedback and lessons learned from the operational TCF during this past convective season to try increase the value added for customers, while also integrating new tools which forecasters can use to improve the accuracy of the forecast product itself.
|4, 6, and 8 hour TCF forecasts on the web from August 2nd, 2017|
|Sample INSITE heat map from the SREF in AWIPS-2 at the Aviation Weather Testbed|
Another new tool comes from GOES-16, the latest in advanced weather satellites, which was launched in the winter of 2017. The Geostationary Lightning Mapper is an optical sensor on GOES-16 that provides total lightning detection over both land and ocean. Participants at the Experiment will have the GLM available to them in N-AWIPS and will be able to explore the utilization of it for the forecast and also for verification.
|Sample gridded Group Energy Density from the GOES-16 GLM|
|Sample HRRR TLE Probability of Echo Tops > 25,000 ft from https://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrr/hrrrtle/|