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  1. MesoWest: Monitoring Weather Conditions for the 2002 Winter Olympics John Horel & Mike Splitt WM2-Cross-Country WBU-Ski Jump SBB-Downhill

  2. MesoWest Facts • 2600 stations from over 70 participating organizations available in the West • Data processed & quality controlled & graphical products generated every 15 minutes • Still transitioning to new database • Typically, 15-30 minute time delay, e.g., observation at top of hour available at 15-30 minutes past hour • Available in AWIPS & FX-Net but more info available via Internet www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  3. Monitoring Weather Conditions for the 2002 Winter Olympics • 27 automated weather stations at • 5 outdoor venues • Manual reports from weather aides at outdoor venues • Weather stations near 9 other key Olympic locations • Over 250 weather stations in northwest Utah • Roughly 70 stations polled by SLC NWSFO www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  4. Monitoring Weather Conditions for the 2002 Winter Olympics • 27 automated weather stations and manual reports from weather aides at 5 outdoor venues • Weather stations near 9 other key Olympic locations • Over 250 weather stations in northwest Utah • Remote Access • Northwest Utah • AWIPS and FX-NET • NWS MesoWest Interface • U/U MesoWest Interface • Olympic Venues • SLOC Public Wx page • U/U Olympic page • Access At Venues • Software developed to interrogate stations and provide local weather reports www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  5. Olympic Venue Summary Page www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  6. ADAS is a tool to monitor current conditions based upon MesoWest surface observations Uses NCEP RUC2 analysis from previous hour as background field to define overall spatial structure Background field interpolated to high resolution grid (10 km or 1 km) Observations are used to correct background field Current Utah versions of ADAS 2D surface analyses at 10km resolution over western U.S. every 15 minutes Available 45 min after valid time In AWIPS; FX-NET 2D surface analyses at 1km resolution over northwest Utah every 15 minutes Available 45 min after valid time AWIPS?; FX-NET? 3D analyses at 1km resolution over northwest Utah every hour Available +1:30 after valid time AWIPS?; FX-NET? Utah ADAS- Integrating MesoWest Observations with NCEP RUC2Analyses www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  7. ADAS Surface Analyses: Western U.S. ADAS Relative Humidity & Wind www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  8. ADAS 1km Analysis- 9/8/00 22 GMT Surface Wind Streamlines & Surface Temperature (°F) ADAS Analysis RUC2 Background Great Salt Lake Great Salt Lake Wasatch Mtns Wasatch Mtns www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  9. ADAS 1km Analysis- 9/8/00 22 GMT SLC Sounding www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  10. Automated Observations • All Temp, RH, wind sensors currently pass QC tests but many affected by siting • Wind sensors at most sites with precip gauges are NOT representative of general conditions • Acoustic snow depth sensors used for: (1) total snow & (2) interval snow • SWE is the hardest variable to measure and process automatically:Seven different types of automated precipitation gauges in northern Utah • Geonor/Belfort (accumulating) and ETI sensors (event) precip gauges at Outdoor venues Precipitation during IPEX: Feb 2000 • Reliable communication to automated stations remains an issue • dedicated phone lines • radio • cell phones www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  11. Soldier Hollow- Cross Country/Biathlon Venue • Stadium- WMP • 15 minute interval • T, RH, Wind, Press, Snow, Belfort Precip • Lower Meadow- WM2 • 5 minute interval • T, RH, Wind, Press, Solar, Snow, Geonor Precip, Snow IR • High Point- WMH • 15 minute interval- event only • T, RH, Wind • Gully- WMG • 15 minute interval- event only • T, RH, Wind Others: Wolf Creek Ranch (WCR), Deer Creek Dam Chute (DCC), Sundance (SND), Hidden Peak (HDP), Mt. Baldy (AMB) www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  12. Snow Temperature www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  13. Snowbasin- Downhill Venue • Base- SBE • T, RH, Wind, Press, Snow, ETI Precip • Shooting Star- SSS • T, RH, Wind • John Paul- SBW • T, RH, Wind • Mt. Allen- SBB • T, RH, Wind SBB • Ogden Peak- OGP • T, RH, Wind • Wildcat- SWI • T, Wind OGP SB2 SBW SSS SWI SNI • Mid-Bowl- SNI • T, RH, Wind, Snow, • ETI precip • Strawberry Base- SB1 • T, RH, Wind, Snow, • ETI precip • Strawberry Top- SB2 • T, Wind SBE SB1 Reporting Interval- 5 minutes: SNI 15 minutes: SBE, SSS, SBW,SBB, SWI Hour: OGP,SB1,SB2 • Others: Trapper’s Loop (TPR), Power Plant (PWR), Ogden (OGD), Weber State (SNW), Hill AFB (HIF) www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  14. Utah Olympic Park-Ski Jump/Bobsleigh/Luge WBL WBU WBE WBS • Ski Jump- WBU • T, RH, Wind, Snow, Solar, ETI precip • Rover- WBL** • T, RH,Wind • Bobsleigh- WBE • T, RH, Wind • Bobsleigh Start- WBS*** • Wind *WBS** WBL * WBU WBE • Others: Parley’s Summit (UT3), Park City Golf Course (SNC), Canyons (C99), Brighton (BRT) www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  15. Park City- Snowboard/Grand Slalom * PKC • Base- PCB • T, RH, Wind (15 min) • Eagle- PCS • T, RH,Wind (15 min) • Summit- PCT • T, RH, Snow (15 min) • Jupiter- PKC • T, Wind, Snow (15 min) • Golf Course- SNC • T, RH, Wind, Snow, Geonor precip, (5 min) • Others: Parley’s Summit (UT3), Canyons (C99), Brighton (BRT), Mt Baldy (AMB) www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  16. Deer Valley- Aerial/Slalom/Moguls • Burns- DVE • T, RH,Wind, Pres, Snow, ETI precip (15 min) • Bald Eagle- DVB • T, RH, Wind, Snow (15 min) • Bald Mtn- MBY • T, RH, Wind (15 min) • Empire Peak- EMP • T, RH,Wind (15 min) • Daly West- SNV • T, RH, Snow, ETI precip (5 min) EMP* *MBY) *SNV *DVB *DVE • Others: Parley’s Summit (UT3), Canyons (C99), Brighton (BRT), Mt Baldy (AMB) www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  17. MesoWest UDOT Web Page Road & Weather Information Along Highway Corridors • MesoWest UDOT web page provides access to additional road wx info • 20+ RWIS in northern Utah • ADAS analyses along I80 corridor • Password: udothq www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  18. MesoWest UDOT Web Page www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  19. ADAS Analysis along I-80 Great Salt Lake I-80 www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  20. Known Equipment/Comms problems • Snowbasin: SSS- Shooting Star: Cell phone failure • Olympic Park: WBL- Rover: Offline due to lack of parts • Olympic Park: WBS- Bobsleigh start: Available to Race officials only • Soldier Hollow- High and Gully available only during events • U/U Rice Stadium- WBB: faulty comms • Other sites with problems: LMS; AUD; SNX; GNI; CLK; LSL www.met.utah.edu/mesowest

  21. Summary • Let us know if any data looks suspicious or if extra time delays develop for data delivery • Check out the extensive information at www.met.utah.edu/ mesowest (Olympics/Research/Info/Operations- avoid Public Interface) • Older MesoWest products will be replaced; update book marks to MesoWest products • Feel free to suggest improvements to MesoWest or ADAS • What to do if a problem develops with weather stations at venues, weather aide software at venues, ADAS, MM5: • During Olympics, If urgent (less than 2 h response time required): U/U support hotline: 585-1404. Calls will be forwarded to on-call (24/7) staff. • For test events: John Horel (o 581-7091; h 523-9298); Mike Splitt (o 585-1413; h 486-3132) • Send email to olympic_support@met.utah.edu www.met.utah.edu/mesowest