Cooperative Institute for Climate & Satellites - Maryland

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Alex Ortiz

Flow Mapping Applications Related to Severe Storm Development

  • Purpose: To construct an accurate rain-field by using quick and accessible lightning data.
  • Currently, satellite rainfall estimates are not retrieved instantaneously, but are delayed.
  • Lightning data can be gathered more quickly.
  • Motion vectors are generated by calculating the maximum correlation between each time interval within the lightning density data.

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Figure 1: Lightning densiity and motion sensors

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Figure 2: Projections of rainfall estimates

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Figure 3: Measurement of the directional flow field.

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Figure 4: Currently constructing a flow field similar to a hurricane to simulate the movement of its rain field.

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