Storm Chase Club Meeting 2
Topics • Storm Chase Websites and Forums • GRLevel3 Introduction and Overview
F5chaser.com • Storm Chasers from Mostly MN, some WI and ND • Very experienced chasers • Make an account in order to post questions or responses
Stormtrack.org Forum • “National” Storm Chaser Forum • Famous Names (Roger Hill, Roger Edwards, Tim Vasquez) Are on This Site • Recommended to look before viewing, the forum has a LOT of rules to follow when posting
APR storm chaser websites • Andrew Revering’s List of Storm Chaser Websites • Can find websites to see how others chase, and to look at cool pictures and videos
TheWxPage.Com • Website of Michael Stanga, Brandon Bigelbach and Scott Kraushaar • Surface Maps, Upper Air Maps, Pictures, Videos, Equipment, etc • Browse around for ideas on what to use Storm Chasing
Spotternetwork • A program which allows you to submit reports to the National Weather service • Must pass an online exam when you sign up to make sure you are reporting everything properly • QC checks on your reports
GRLevel3 Introduction/Tutorial • Radar Date Interpretation Program Used in Storm Chasing • Named after Mike Gibson, Program Designer • Level 3 Date is the type of Data used (Level 2 and Level 3 are two types of Radar Data)
Why use GR3? • The best program for use to view Radar data currently • Always being updated and upgraded
GRLevel3 • Reflectivity Right Side • Radar Product Information as Tabs • GPS tracking on Radar when Mobile
Dynamic Placefile Overlays • GR3 has the ability to use GIS (Geographic Information System) overlays. • GR3 is a Radar Prgram, Overlays allow it top become a storm chasing tool
Allisonhouse.com • Allisonhouse.com provides these dynamic placefiles • $10/month subscription • METAR’s • Watches, MD’s, Lightning Data, Satellite Data, Storm Reports, Convective Outlooks – Updated every 5 minutes so you don’t miss when a new product is issued!
Radar is NOT foolproof • Next example shows false echoes in the Buffalo Ridge region of SW MN • Echoes from Wind Farms on the Ridge • How do we tell these are false?
If you Need Further Reference for GR3 • http://www.thewxpage.com/gr3tutorial.html This Link is a GR3 Tutorial