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Published by the National Weather Association, the Journal of Operational Meteorology (JOM) covers topics relevant to all aspects of operational meteorology on a range of time and space scales. Suitable topics include new or improved forecasting and warning techniques, verification studies, applications of observations and models to improve forecasts and warnings, and case studies of major weather events. Climatological studies, interdisciplinary studies, and studies documenting education and training practices also will be considered if relevant to operational meteorology. In addition, the Editors welcome submissions that present strategies for the creation and dissemination of forecasts and warnings that maximize the protection of life and property. JOM is a peer-reviewed, all-electronic journal with an international scope, providing authors with the benefits of economical publication costs and rapid publication following acceptance.

Note: effective 1/1/2016, the JOM has transitioned to an open access journal. As such, all articles, past and present, are now available to all free of charge.

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  • Impacts to Aviation Weather Center Operations Using Total Lightning Observations from the Pseudo-GLM
    The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) is responsible for delivering accurate, consistent, and timely weather information for safe and efficient flight across the United States airspace system along with international obligations. One of the key concerns for forecasters is the prediction and monitoring of convection which directly affects air routes as well as ground operations. Lightning observations are a vital component of available observations helping to confirm the presence of convection and verify forecasts. Up to this time the AWC has relied solely on ground-based cloud-to-ground only detection networks. With the upcoming launch of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) aboard GOES-R, the AWC has the opportunity to expand the use of lightning observations by observing total lightning (i.e., the combination of both cloud-to-ground and intra-cloud observations). AWC and NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) have collaborated to assess a demonstration GLM product, the pseudo-GLM, derived from ground-based lightning mapping arrays. This collaboration has focused on the utility of using total lightning in aviation weather forecasting in preparation for the GLM instrument. This paper presents several small cases identified by forecasters using the pseudo-GLM data in operations and discusses the role of GLM data in the future....
  • Review and case studies of non-traditional severe local windstorms
    Coleman, T. A., and K. R. Knupp, 2016: Review and case studies of non-traditional severe local windstorms. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (15), 192-206. PDF (1,629 KB) DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2016.0415 12/6/2016...
  • Wildfire Detection Notifications for Impact-Based Decision Support Services in Oklahoma Using Geostationary Super Rapid Scan Satellite Imagery
    Lindley, T. T., A. R. Anderson, V. N. Mahale, T. S. Curl, W. E. Line, S. S. Lindstrom, and A. S. Bachmeier, 2016: Wildfire detection notifications for impact-based decision support services in Oklahoma using geostationary super rapid scan satellite imagery. J. Operational Meteor., 4 (14), 182191, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2016.0414....
  • A Skill Assessment of Techniques for Real-time Diagnosis and Short-term Prediction of Tornado Intensity Using the WSR-88D
    Gibbs, J. G., 2016: A skill assessment of techniques for real-time diagnosis and short-term prediction of tornado intensity using the WSR-88D. J. Operational Meteor., 4 (13), 170-181, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2016.0413....

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Terborg, A., and G. T. Stano, 2017: Impacts to Aviation Weather Center operations using total lightning observations from the Pseudo-GLM. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (1), 1-13.
PDF (2,118 KB) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2017.0501 1/27/2017

Fearon, M. G., T. J. Brown, and G. M. Curcio, 2015: Establishing a national standard method for operational mixing height determination. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (15), 172–189.  
PDF (1757 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0315  11/3/2015

Smith, B. L., and J. L. Blaes, 2015: Examination of a winter storm using a micro rain radar and AMDAR aircraft soundings. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (14), 156–171.  
PDF (2322 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0314  10/22/2015

Gibbs, J. G., and D. A. Butts Jr., 2015: Warm-season thunderstorm development as a function of vertical distribution of relative humidity in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (13), 145–155.  
PDF (686 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0313  10/13/2015

Moore, B. J., T. M. Hamill, E. M. Sukovich, T. Workoff, and F. E. Barthold, 2015: The utility of the NOAA reforecast dataset for quantitative precipitation forecasting over the coastal western United States. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (12), 133–144.  
PDF (2907 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0312  9/22/2015

Imhoff, K. A., and G. S. Young, 2015: ENSO influence on tropical cyclone regional landfall counts. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (11), 124–132.  
PDF (389 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0311  9/1/2015

Ellis, R. T., J. Blaes, and L. Anderson, 2015: Orographically induced cirrus clouds in the lee of the southern Appalachian MountainsJ. Operational Meteor., 3 (10), 104–123.  
PDF (4581 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0310  8/20/2015

Muller, B. M., and C. G. Herbster, 2015: A swirl in the clouds near Santa Cruz Island. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (9), 99–103.  
PDF (410 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0309  6/30/2015

Miller, P. W., A. W. Ellis, and S. J. Keighton, 2015: The utility of total lightning trends in diagnosing single-cell thunderstorm severity: Examples from the central Appalachians region. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (8), 82–98.  
PDF (1152 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0308   5/12/2015

Vitale, J. D., J. Lipe, and T. T. Lindley, 2015: Independence Day holiday weekend 2010 flood on the southern plains of West Texas. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (7), 70–81.  
PDF (2868 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0307   4/21/2015

Brotzge, J. A., and C. M. Luttrell, 2015: Genesis of the Chickasha, Oklahoma, tornado on 24 May 2011 as observed by CASA radar and Oklahoma Mesonet. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (6), 59–69.  
PDF (2445 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0306   4/14/2015

Forsythe, J. M., S. Q. Kidder, K. K. Fuell, A. LeRoy, G. J. Jedlovec, and A. S. Jones, 2015: A multisensor, blended, layered water vapor product for weather analysis and forecasting. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (5), 41–58.  
PDF (2315 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0305   3/24/2015

Young, G. S., S. D. Goldberger, J. Verlinde, and C. J. Hanlon, 2015: Forecasting regional chance of occurrence through aggregation of MOS PoPs. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (4), 30–40.  
PDF (1130 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0304   1/27/2015

Hall, B. L., and Coauthors, 2015: A community frost/freeze susceptibility operational guidance tool. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (3), 21–29.  
PDF (784 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0303   1/20/2015

Rudlosky, S. D., 2015: Evaluating ENTLN performance relative to TRMM/LIS. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (2), 11–20.  
PDF (1139 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0302   1/13/2015

Call, D. A., K. E. Grove, and P. J. Kocin, 2015: A meteorological and social comparison of the New England blizzards of 1978 and 2013. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (1), 1–10.  
PDF (813 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0301   1/6/2015

Bettwy, A. E., 2014: Two case studies of tornadoes associated with cold-core 500-mb lows, and operational warning recommendations. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (21), 265–279.  
PDF (12180 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0221   12/18/2014

Lammers, M. R., and J. D. Horel, 2014: Verification of National Weather Service spot forecasts using surface observations. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (20), 246–264.  
PDF (2341 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0220   10/9/2014

Lincoln, W. S., 2014: Analysis of the 15 June 2013 isolated extreme rainfall event in Springfield, Missouri. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (19), 233–245.  
PDF (3022 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0219   7/22/2014

Evans, M. S., and R. A. Murphy, 2014: A historical analog-based severe weather checklist for central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (18), 214–232.  
PDF (2859 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0218   7/8/2014

Kumjian, M. R., and A. D. Schenkman, 2014: The curious case of ice pellets over middle Tennessee on 1 March 2014. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (17), 209–213.  
PDF (1332 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0217   7/1/2014

Molthan, A. L., J. R. Bell, T. A. Cole, and J. E. Burks, 2014: Satellite-based identification of tornado damage tracks from the 27 April 2011 severe weather outbreak. J. Operational Meteor., 2(16), 191–208.  
PDF (2197 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0216   6/24/2014

Arnott, J. M., and J. Chamberlain, 2014: Lake-effect freezing drizzle: A case-study analysis. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (15), 180–190.  
PDF (2380 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0215   6/17/2014

Bryant, B., M. Holiner, R. Kroot, K. Sherman-Morris, W. B. Smylie, L. Stryjewski, M. Thomas, and C. I. Williams, 2014: Usage of color scales on radar maps. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (14), 169–179.  
PDF (780 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0214   6/4/2014

Gitro, C. M., M. S. Evans, and R. H. Grumm, 2014: Two major heavy rain/flood events in the mid-Atlantic: June 2006 and September 2011. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (13), 152–168.  
PDF (3043 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0213   5/28/2014

Banacos, P. C., A. N. Loconto, and G. A. DeVoir, 2014: Snow squalls: Forecasting and hazard mitigation. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (12), 130–151.  
PDF (4153 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0212   5/21/2014

Bunkers, M. J., D. A. Barber, R. L. Thompson, R. Edwards, and J. Garner, 2014: Choosing a universal mean wind for supercell motion prediction. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (11), 115–129.  
PDF (1635 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0211   5/14/2014

Saari, M. D. W., R. M. Lawton, C. J. Schultz, and L. D. Carey, 2014: Early characteristics of the polarimetric tornadic debris signature associated with the 20 May 2013 Newcastle–Moore, Oklahoma, tornado. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (10), 110–114.  
PDF (707 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0210   5/7/2014

Schultz, C. J., 2014: Reflectivity vortex hole in a tornadic supercell. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (9), 103–109.  
PDF (1070 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0209   4/23/2014

Bauman, W. H., III., and W. P. Roeder, 2014: A tool to predict the probability of summer severe weather in east-central Florida. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (8), 89–102.  
PDF (983 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0208   4/17/2014

Stano, G. T., C. J. Schultz, L. D. Carey, D. R. MacGorman, and K. M. Calhoun, 2014: Total lightning observations and tools for the 20 May 2013 Moore, Oklahoma, tornadic supercell. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (7), 71–88.  
PDF (2470 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0207   3/27/2014

Jaszka, K. D., D. A. Call, 2014: A GIS-based assessment of lake-effect snow warnings in Upstate New York. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (6), 59–70.  
PDF (581 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0206   3/20/2014

Blackmore, W. H., and R. D. Kardell, 2014: Application of radiosonde ascent rate variations to detect atmospheric turbulence affecting aircraft. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (5), 51–58.  
PDF (580 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0205   3/13/2014

Grumm, R., J. M. Arnott, and J. Halblaub, 2014: The epic eastern North American warm episode of March 2012. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (4), 36–50.  
PDF (1619 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0204   3/7/2014

Myrick, D. T., and J. R. Michael, 2014: Dual-polarization radar analysis of northwestern Nevada flash flooding and haboob: 10 June 2013. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (3), 27–35.  
PDF (1693 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0203   2/18/2014

Cohen, A. E., M. L. VanDenHeuvel, G. W. Carbin, and D. Bernhardt, 2014: The 5 June 2012 central Montana tornado event. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (2), 13–26.  
PDF (2811 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0202   2/11/2014

Coleman, T. A., T. A. Murphy, K. R. Knupp, L. D. Carey, and M. E. Anderson, 2014: Extensive observations of the transition region of a winter storm. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (1), 1–12.  
PDF (1914 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2014.0201   1/22/2014

Lorentson, M., 2013: Scale normalization for IFR-frequency effects in aviation forecast performance statistics. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (22), 275–281.  
PDF (603 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0122   12/19/2013

Kumjian, M. R., 2013: Principles and applications of dual-polarization weather radar. Part III: Artifacts. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (21), 265–274.  
PDF (1775 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0121   11/20/2013

Kumjian, M. R., 2013: Principles and applications of dual-polarization weather radar. Part II: Warm- and cold-season applications. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (20), 243–264.  
PDF (4251 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0120   11/20/2013

Kumjian, M. R., 2013: Principles and applications of dual-polarization weather radar. Part I: Description of the polarimetric radar variables. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (19), 226–242.  
PDF (1769 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0119   11/20/2013

Sauter, D. P., 2013: A wet-bulb globe temperature validation study using standard meteorological inputs and modeled solar irradiance. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (18), 215–225.  
PDF (1134 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0118   11/13/2013

Nauslar, N. J., M. L. Kaplan, J. Wallmann, and T. J. Brown, 2013: A forecast procedure for dry thunderstorms. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (17), 200–214.  
PDF (3036 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0117   11/6/2013

Stuart, N. A., R. H. Grumm, and M. J. Bodner, 2013: Analyzing predictability and communicating uncertainty: Lessons from the post-Groundhog Day 2009 storm and the March 2009 “megastorm.” J. Operational Meteor., 1 (16), 185–199.  
PDF (2382 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0116   10/31/2013

Miller, D. A., S. Wu, and D. Kitzmiller, 2013: Spatial and temporal resolution considerations in evaluating and utilizing radar quantitative precipitation estimates. J. Operational Meteor., 1(15), 168–184.  
PDF (1424 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0115   10/15/2013

Pereira, G., and M. Muscato, 2013: Multivariate analysis of lake-effect snowstorms in western New York. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (14), 157–167.  
PDF (921 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0114   8/27/2013

Molthan, A. L., J. E. Burks, K. M. McGrath, and F. J. LaFontaine, 2013: Multi-sensor examination of hail damage swaths for near real-time applications and assessment. J. Operational Meteor., 1(13), 144–156.  
PDF (1519 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0113   8/15/2013

Vitale, J. D., and T. Ryan, 2013: Operational recognition of high precipitation efficiency and low-echo-centroid convection. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (12), 128–143.  
PDF (2233 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0112   8/9/2013

Glahn, B., and J.-S. Im, 2013: Error estimation of objective analysis of surface observations. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (11), 114–127.  
PDF (1544 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0111   7/30/2013

Sanders, K. J., C. M. Gravelle, J. P. Gagan, and C. E. Graves, 2013: Characteristics of major ice storms in the central United States. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (10), 100–113.  
PDF (2824 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0110   7/23/2013

Vaucher, G. T, and J. Raby, 2013: Forecasting atmospheric stability transitions over a high-elevation desert in the southwestern United States. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (9), 93–99.  
PDF (1297 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0109   7/17/2013

Szymber, R. J., T. C. Jameson, and D. I. Knapp, 2013: A parameter weighting scheme for an automated weather effects decision aid. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (8), 84–92.  
PDF (695 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0108   7/10/2013

Zavodsky, B. T., A. L. Molthan, and M. J. Folmer, 2013: Multispectral imagery for detecting stratospheric air intrusions associated with mid-latitude cyclones. J. Operational Meteor., 1(7), 71–83.  
PDF (1535 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0107   7/2/2013

Laflin, J. M., 2013: Verification of RAP model soundings in preconvective environments. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (6), 66–70.  
PDF (697 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0106   5/16/2013

Hansen, C., M. L. Kaplan, S. A. Mensing, S. J. Underwood, J. M. Lewis, K. C. King, and J. E. Haugland, 2013: They just don’t make storms like this one anymore: Analyzing the anomalous record snowfall event of 1959. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (5), 52–65.  
PDF (1432 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0105   5/7/2013

Wesley, D. A., G. Poulos, J. Snook, P. Kennedy, M. Meyers, and G. Byrd, 2013: Extreme snowfall variations and cold-air damming in the Front Range heavy snowstorm of 17–19 March 2003. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (4), 26–51.  
PDF (4369 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0104   4/30/2013

Chaney, P. L., J. Herbert, and A. Curtis, 2013: A climatological perspective on the 2011 Alabama tornado outbreak. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (3), 19–25.  
PDF (845 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0103   3/18/2013

Pojorlie, K. L., S. Doering, and M. A. Fowle, 2013: The record-breaking Vivian, South Dakota, hailstorm of 23 July 2010. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (2), 3–18.  
PDF (2360 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0102   2/18/2013

Bunkers, M. J., S. J. Weiss, M. C. Coniglio, A. J. Clark, M. A. Baxter, J. W. Zeitler, D. T. Lindsey, and S. W. Harned, 2013: Editorial: Introducing the Journal of Operational Meteorology. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (1), 1–2.  
PDF (262 KB)    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2013.0101   1/1/2013