Sensitivity Study of CFAS and CFAR Objective Analysis Techniques.
GEO-ATMOSPHERICS CORP LINCOLN MA
Pagination or Media Count:
The CloudFog Analysis System CFAS and the CloudFog Application Routines CFAR were applied to weather data bases to determine their sensitivity to control parameters and to type, density, and distribution of observing stations. The data rich region of southeastern United States was selected and hourly aviation weather Service A, six-hourly synoptic Service C, and twelve-hourly radiosonde RAOB observations were collected for weather scenarios of interest to Army aviation. Computer methods were developed to process these data and convert them into a form suitable for CFAS. Objective analyses and output displays were generated using CFAS and CFAR, respectively, on such weather variables as sky cover, lowest cloud base, ceiling, visibility, significant present weather, and cloud obscuration to pilots vision within discrete flight layers. Results, produced from large variations in the computer control parameters and density and distribution of stations, were used to modify the CFAS and CFAR to correct for detected errors and to fix the control parameters so that users are now relieved of that responsibility. This greatly simplifies the knowledge and experience required to execute CFAS. A large number of color-coded displays was generated to demonstrate feasibility, skill, and detail that is possible with an automated meteorological system in providing weather information tailored to Army user needs. Author