ESSL-EUMETSAT Testbeds on Severe Convective Storms in Preparation for MTG
May 13, 2024
May 17, 2024
EUMETSAT, in partnership with the European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL), will continue to offer a series of testbeds to prepare operational meteorologists / forecasters to use data from the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) Programmes. In 2024 there will 6 testbeds during the whole year.
The testbeds teach (i) forecasting severe convective storms using state-of-the-art or experimental forecasting tools, and (ii) the evaluation of such tools. At these events, forecasters learn by simulating an operational forecasting situation, making severe weather forecasts and nowcasts using a mix of new nowcasting and forecasting tools, and then evaluating the quality of the forecast and the value of the data and tools.
Particular focus is given to the use of novel MTG satellite data from the FCI spectral imager and from the LI lightning imager instrument. In addition, a range of state-of-the-art nowcasting tools and numerical weather prediction-based guidance will be evaluated.
The target group of the 2024 testbeds is operational forecasters who train other forecasters and forecasters with a strong background in severe storms meteorology.