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.
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- Most research in storm-scale numerical weather prediction has been focused on right-moving supercells as they typically lend themselves to all forms of high-impact weather, including tornadoes. As the dynamics behind splitting updrafts and storm motion have become better understood, differentiating between atmospheric conditions that encourage right- and left-moving supercells has become the subject of increasing study because of its implication Continue Reading...
- Low-level thermal ridges (LLTRs) have been identified as common meteorological features associated with wildfires in grass-dominated fuelscapes on the southern Great Plains. Analogous to the well-documented fire-effectiveness of West Coast thermal troughs, LLTRs on the Plains have a dramatic influence on wildland fire. Identification of these features in proximity to midlevel wind maxima has proven useful in forecasting the evolution, Continue Reading...
Lightning Decision Support Using VHF Total Lightning Mapping and NLDN Cloud-to-Ground Data in North AlabamaThis study focuses on lightning safety applications at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in preparation for the use of new Geostationary Lightning Mapper data once operational in 2017 from GOES-16. A total of 13 years of North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array and National Lightning Detection data are analyzed for lightning safety applications. Data are analyzed using three range ring criteria Continue Reading...
Potential Tornado Warning Improvement Resulting from Utilization of the TDS in the Warning Decision ProcessPolarimetric tornadic debris signatures (TDSs) provide a means of confirming that a strong wind field has lofted debris to the altitude of the radar beam. They can increase confidence in an ongoing tornado, which may be noted in tornado warning text to increase the sense of urgency. They may also serve as indicators of weak tornadoes that may otherwise go Continue Reading...
Jones, T. A., and C. Nixon, 2017: Short-term forecasts of left-moving supercells from an experimental Warn-on-Forecast system. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (13), 161-170
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Lindley, T. T., B. R. Bowers, G. P. Murdoch, B. R. Smith, and C. M. Gitro, 2017: Analyses of Fire-effective Low-level Thermal Ridges on the Southern Great Plains. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (12), 146-160
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Schultz, C. J., G. T. Stano, P. J. Meyer, B. C. Carcione, T. Barron, 2017: Lightning decision support using VHF total lightning mapping and NLDN cloud-to-ground data in North Alabama. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (11), 134-145
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M. S. Van Den Broeke, 2017: Potential tornado warning improvement resulting from utilization of the TDS in the warning decision process. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (10), 121-133
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Williams, C. A., P. W. Miller, A. W. Black, and J. A. Knox, 2017: Throwing caution to the wind: National Weather Service wind products as perceived by a weather-salient sample. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (9), 103-120
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Evans, M., M. Jurewicz, and R. Kline, 2017: The elevation-dependence of snowfall in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region of northeastern Pennsylvania. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (8) 87-102
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Curtis, M. B., 2017: A synoptic and mesoscale analysis of heavy rainfall at Portland, ME 13-14 August 2014. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (7), 78-86
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Garner, J. M. 2017: Thunderstorm environments over the Northeastern Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Alaska. J. Operational Meteor., 5(6), 71-77,
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Villani, J. P., M. L. Jurewicz Sr., and K. Reinhold 2017: Forecasting the inland extent of lake effect snow bands downwind of Lake Ontario. J. Operational Meteor., 5(5), 53-70,
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Rogers, J. W., B. A. Hagenhoff, A. E. Cohen, R. L. Thompson, B. T. Smith, and E. E. Carpenter, 2016: Lower Mississippi River Valley quasi-linear convective system tornado environments and radar signatures. J. Operational Meteor., 5(4), 42-52,
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Lincoln, W. S., R. F. L. Thomason, M. Stackhouse, and D. S. Schlotzhauer, 2017: Utilizing crowd-sourced rainfall and flood impact information to improve the analysis of the North Central Gulf Coast Flood Event of April 2014. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (3), 26-41
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Bruick, Z. S., and C. D. Karstens, 2017: An Investigation of Local and National NWS Warning Outbreaks for Severe Convective Events. J. Operational Meteor., 5 (2), 14-25
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Imhoff, K. A., and G. S. Young, 2015: ENSO influence on tropical cyclone regional landfall counts. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (11), 124–132.
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Ellis, R. T., J. Blaes, and L. Anderson, 2015: Orographically induced cirrus clouds in the lee of the southern Appalachian Mountains. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (10), 104–123.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hall, B. L., and Coauthors, 2015: A community frost/freeze susceptibility operational guidance tool. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (3), 21–29.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lincoln, W. S., 2014: Analysis of the 15 June 2013 isolated extreme rainfall event in Springfield, Missouri. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (19), 233–245.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Arnott, J. M., and J. Chamberlain, 2014: Lake-effect freezing drizzle: A case-study analysis. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (15), 180–190.
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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.
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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.
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Banacos, P. C., A. N. Loconto, and G. A. DeVoir, 2014: Snow squalls: Forecasting and hazard mitigation. J. Operational Meteor., 2 (12), 130–151.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lorentson, M., 2013: Scale normalization for IFR-frequency effects in aviation forecast performance statistics. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (22), 275–281.
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Kumjian, M. R., 2013: Principles and applications of dual-polarization weather radar. Part III: Artifacts. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (21), 265–274.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pereira, G., and M. Muscato, 2013: Multivariate analysis of lake-effect snowstorms in western New York. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (14), 157–167.
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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.
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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.
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Glahn, B., and J.-S. Im, 2013: Error estimation of objective analysis of surface observations. J. Operational Meteor., 1 (11), 114–127.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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