SeCAPS 2018 Agenda

Note: Due to the large amount of oral and poster presentations at SeCAPS 2018, we are opening registration at 3:30 p.m. (instead of 4:00 p.m.) on Friday and 7:45 a.m. (instead of 8:00 a.m.) on Saturday. See you on February 16-17, 2018!



Friday, February 16 (3:30 - 9:30 p.m.):

3:30 p.m. - Registration

3:45 - Welcome and Introduction

3:55 - Synoptic Briefing - Avery Vice, University of South Alabama

4:35 - Observing Atmospheric Parameters Using Quadcopters - Collin Carithers, University of South Alabama

4:55 - El Niño and Lightning: An ENSO Approach to Interannual Lightning Variability - Austin Clark, University of Alabama - Huntsville

5:15 - Statistical Analysis of Extreme Rainfall along Florida’s Space Coast - Dr. John M. Lanicci, University of South Alabama

5:35 - Break

5:40 - Quantifying Sea Breeze Characteristics for Alabama’s Mobile Bay Area - Rebekah Cheatham, University of South Alabama

5:50 - Early Operational Successes of the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s S-band Polarimetric Doppler Radar - Dr. Todd A. Murphy, University of Louisiana at Monroe

6:10 - Breaking the Grip of the Rip:  The Science of Forecasting and Communicating the Risk of Deadly Rip Currents - Cody Lindsey and Morgan Barry, NWS Mobile, AL

6:30 - Break

6:40 - Keynote: Capabilities and future strategic objectives for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) - Dr. Mike Farrar, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

7:30 - Mixer



Saturday, February 17 (7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.):

7:45 a.m. - Registration (Coffee and Refreshments Available)

7:55 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00 - An Analysis of the Spring 2017 Record Flooding Event in Northern Arkansas - Michael Brown, NWS Little Rock, AR

8:20 - National Weather Service Mobile Low-Water Crossings - Caitlin Ford, University of South Alabama

8:40 - A Discussion of the 2017 Record Rainfall Year for WFO Mobile - Da’Vel R. Johnson, NWS Mobile, AL

9:00 - Break

9:10 - Keynote: The Role of Water in Mesoscale Dynamics - Dr. Gary M. Lackmann, North Carolina State University

10:00 - Break

10:10 - Forensic Meteorology: The Expert Witness Experience - Dr. Aaron “Bill” Williams, Director Emeritus, Coastal Weather Research Center, University of South Alabama

10:45 - Poster Session (*Refer to bottom of page for details)

11:55 - Lunch

1:05 p.m. - More Science: Relevant Injections of Science into Local Broadcast Meteorology - Nick Lilja, WDAM Television, Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS

1:25 - Keynote: What a Wonderful World... of Weather: Atmosphere and Earth Images - Alan Sealls, WKRG-TV, Mobile, AL

2:15 - Break

2:25 - Microburst Composite Parameter: A Forecasting and Analysis Approach to Determine Favorable Days For Microbursts across the Southern States - David Cox, NWS Jackson, MS

2:45 - A Case of Prolific QLCS Tornado Production: The Lower Mississippi River Valley Tornado Outbreak of 30 April, 2017 - Daniel Lamb, NWS Jackson, MS

3:05 - Break

3:15 - Examination of Forecast and Warning Services for the Lower Mississippi River Valley Severe Weather and Flash Flood Event of 2-3 April 2017 - David Cox, NWS Jackson, MS

3:35 - An Examination of Convective Enhancement within Complex Terrain on 5 April 2017 during VORTEX-SE - Dr. Todd A. Murphy, University of Louisiana at Monroe

3:55 - Break

4:05 - Keynote: Unlocking the Utility of Dual-Polarization Radar Data for High-Impact Weather Operations - Joey Picca, Storm Prediction Center

4:55 - Closing Remarks



Poster Session (1 hour and 10 minutes): (odd numbered presenters stand next to their poster for the first 35 minutes and even numbered presenters stand next to their poster for the last 35 minutes)

P1: The Relationship between Convective Sea Breezes and Atmospheric Instability Parameters - Caroline Kolakoski, University of South Alabama

A Study of the Inland Penetration of Sea Breezes on the Northern Gulf Coast - Mary Reeves, University of South Alabama

The Effectiveness of Predicting Sea Breeze Initiated Convection Using Instability Parameters - Luke Langford, University of South Alabama

Comparing four co-located rain gauges under varying weather conditions - Laura Lovett, University of South Alabama

Weather and Air Quality Forecasts and Observations for the OWLETS Campaign - Lindsey Rodio, Florida Institute of Technology

Dew Point Variability in the Southeast United States with an Emphasis on Extremes from 1956-2016 - Robert Gauthreaux III, WBRZ Television, Baton Rouge, LA

Trends in Irrigation and Streamflow in the National Climate Assessment -- LDAS using the NASA Land Verification Tool Kit - Alex Robertson, Florida Institute of Technology

When is the Best Time to Fly? An Extensive Flight Category Climatology for NWS Jackson TAF Sites - Thomas Winesett, NWS Jackson

Influence of ENSO on Tropical Cyclone Tracks along the Mexican Riviera - Nick Grondin, Louisiana State University

P10: Cloud Structures in the Pacific ITCZ using CloudSat - Nick Slaughter, University of Louisiana at Monroe

P11: Assessment of Precipitation in CMIP5 Models using TRMM Data - Taylor Aydell, University of Louisiana at Monroe

P12: A Review of Tropical Storm Cindy and WFO Mobile Response - Dillon Blount, University of South Alabama

P13: Thermodynamic and Kinematic Properties of Isolated Convective Cells in the Rainband Region of Atlantic Hurricanes - Peyton Barlow and Sam Sangster, University of South Alabama

P14: Improving Communication of Weather Emergencies to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community - Taylor Pechacek, Mississippi State University