High Impact Weather - Event Week 2014

EUMeTrain is going to organise an event week with presentation related to "High Imact Weather" from 8th to 12th September 2014. During this event week, experts from European, American and Near-East National Weather Services will provide an insight into the challenges of forecasting critical weather events such as storms, avalanches and floods. What uncertainties do forecasters encounter when dealing with high impact weather? How can they warn people and how long is the lead time?
To obtain a better predictability of high impact weather, it is important to understand the physical/meteorological processes causing them. This event week offers online presentations from meteorologists involved in the prediction of extreme weather situations.

* Online lectures will be conducted using online-conferencing tool called 'Saba Meeting'. For any technical issue or connectivity problems visit the Saba FAQ site to search for the possible solutions.


Session 1: Introductory and System Test Session

Ivan Smiljanic, DHMZ

A quick introduction to this event will be given here. Also,this will serve as a test sessions for those that are not introduced already to online conferencing, more precisely to the tool that we are using for this purpose - Saba meeting. It is nice to know the basic possibilities of this software in order to actively participate to all the sessions. So join freely!

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Session 2: Climatology of High Impact Weather

Ivan Guettler, DHMZ

Climate extremes will be discussed in the context of the observed climate change and associated trends. The issue of attributing specific weather extreme to climate change will be stressed. Several impacts on human activities will be presented and estimated economical and human losses due to the weather and climate extremes will be compared over different regions.

Zanita Avotniece, LVGMC

Zanita will give a brief presentation on the use of satellite data for climate applications and introduce an on-line satellite-based climate viewer that has been published recently.

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Session 3: A Recipe for Thunderstorms

Helge Tuschy, DWD

This talk offers an insight about the ingredients-based forecasting method, which assists an operational forecaster in preparing well ahead of an active thunderstorm day. Mr. Tuschy will also give an overview about certain ingredients which could result in heavy rainfall and flash flooding (due to deep moist convection). He will end his talk with a short overview about ESTOFEX, the European Storm Forecast Experiment.

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Session 4: High Waves

Jean Bidlot, ECMWF

For any operation at sea or in the coastal area, forecasts of the sea state are essential. The quality of the those forecasts has steadily improved over the years as attested by the successful forecasts of the many large waves events that affected the Euro-Atlantic coast during last winter. Nevertheless, forecasts of high impact weather can still be uncertain. For this reason, probabilistic forecasting based on ensemble technique should be used to ascertain the probability of extreme weather, including wave parameters, as well as as possible alternative scenarios. It is known that freak waves do occur and can result in major damages and losses. Predicting those events is more challenging, nevertheless advances in the theoretical frameworks for those situations have been made and has resulted in new forecasts parameters.

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Session 5: GEO - Typhoons

Christopher Perez, PAGASA

Christopher Perez, a weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) will give you an insight into Typhoons and their features. Specifically, he will present the chronology of events regarding Typhoon "Haiyan", one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013.

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Session 6: Avalanches

Gernot Zenkl, ZAMG

In this presentation you will see a short overview of the interesting and challenging work as an avalanche forecaster. Gernot Zenkl will show which types of meteorological situation can lead to critical avalanche situations in the eastern Alps. Furthermore he will explain the methods we use to inform and warn the people.

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Session 7: Dust Storms

Hamidou Hama

This presentation, after highlighting the major socio-economic and environmental impacts of dust, focuses on the meteorological processes at various scales that are responsible for raising dust/sand storms in the arid Sahara Desert and the semi arid Sahel at its fringes. The challenges facing the weather forecaster in forecasting such high impact weather phenomena and the importance of satellite remote sensing in their monitoring will also be addressed.

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Session 8: Winter in USA

Gregory Carbin, NOAA

The cool season months of 2014 (JFM) over the U.S. mainland can best be described as much colder than normal across portions of the Great Lakes, Northeast, and Midwest, and much drier and warmer than normal over the west coast, especially California. This talk will review 3 aspects of the winter/early spring seasons. The first will be a review of 12 UTC temperatures for every day in January across the continental U.S. and the relationship of some of the colder mornings with the longer-term record of January mornings back to 1979. The second event of note will be the onset of exceptional drought in California. The third event, coming at the end of March, will be a look at significant cyclogenesis off the U.S. eastern seaboard on March 25-26.

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Session 9: Floods in SE Europe

Natasa Strelec-Mahovic, DHMZ

From the beginning, spring 2014 was very rainy in large parts of central and south-eastern Europe. The soil was already saturated with water in the beginning of May, when mid May a huge cyclone, persisting over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia for 3 days, caused extreme precipitation. The amounts measured in Serbia and Bosnia and along Sava river in Croatia were in some areas larger then ever measured before. Catastrophic flooding left thousand of people homeless and the consequences will be visible for a long time.

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