2016 Aviation Weather Testbed Summer Experiment

The Aviation Weather Center will host the 2016 Aviation Weather Testbed Summer Experiment from August 15-26, 2016. The experiment will focus on three main components: utilizing Hazard Services in AWIPS to produce Convective SIGMET at AWC, collaboration of national cloud and visibility forecasts between AWC and Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), experimental changes to the Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement (CAWS).


The experiment will kickoff each Monday of the experiment at 7:30 am with coffee and introductions. Daily activities will begin around 8:00 am and conclude between 4:00 and 4:30 pm depending on weather. Each day we will have a lunchtime seminar on varying topics.


We will be ordering lunch so if interested please bring cash.



Experiment Design

This year's experiment is set up with three types of experimental forecast desks that will have different areas of focus on aviation weather forecasting improvement and decision support for traffic flow management. Additionally, there will be a GOES-R desk that will leverage a suite of products to support the various experiment desks. More specific details and tasks related to each desk will be presented at the time of the experiment. Below is an overview of what can be expected at each of the desks.

  • Convective SIGMET

    The main focus of this desk will be to test the use of AWIPS Hazard Services to produce the convective SIGMET more efficiently within the D2D perspective.

  • Cloud (ceiling) and Visibility

    The main focus of this desk will be to test the use of Graphical Forecast Editor software on AWIPS2 for creating cloud and visibility products on a national scale. These national scale products will be passed to simulated WFOs in the Operations Proving Ground for local manipulation for a final national scale product that will drive a common picture for cloud and visibility that can be used to derive consistent national, regional, and local products.

  • Experimental CAWS

    This experiment will focus on potential changes to the CAWS including additional components, terminology, and production techniques that were identified in FAA field evaluations conducted by AWDE and CDM WET recommendations. We will be utilizing a main production desk and two support desks. Additionally, we will be taking advantage of collaboration via designated chat rooms and the suite of experimental and operational data sets for guidance. New CCFP algorithms will be evaluated during this experiment.

  • Satellite Support

    The Satellite Support Desk will serve as an extension of the satellite products and support available at each desk within the experiment, both the N-AWIPS and AWIPS-2 systems. It will include a variety of next generation satellite products and focus on providing up-to-date satellite-based support and situational awareness for all of the aforementioned tasks at each desk.

The Aviation Weather Development and Evaluation (AWDE) services at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ will be will be running a parallel testbed experiment assessing the human factors component of products issued during the summer experiment from an end-user perspective and actively participating in collaboration on products such as the CAWS.


Data Sets and Decision Support Tools

The following is a list of the operational and experimental model and observation data sets and GOES-R products that will be available for the experiment.
  • Operational Model Data: HRRR, LAMP, HREF, NARRE, SREF, Hires Windows, GEFS, RAP, NAM, GFS
  • Experimental Model Data: HRRR(exp),EPOCH, MRMS Level3 Aviation, NSSL, NAM para, ANC, Auto CCFP
  • Observation Data and Decision Support: various lightning data sets, RTMA/URMA, ACARS Profiles, CIWS, COSPA, Aviation Forecast Verification Tool, and INSITE
  • A variety of GOES-R and JPSS products are utilized during the experiment. Please click here to access more information.
Information Portal and Experiment Products (internal)

The link below will direct you to a portal of information applicable to the AWT Summer Experiment. You will find access to FAA status information, various verification tools, web-based testbed data sets, and satellite information and data. Please click here to access the information.
Brown Bag Seminar Topics
The following are tentative seminar topics that will be presented during the experiment. Please check back for details.
  • Cloud and Visibility Vision
  • Improvements to LAMP/HRRR
  • Offshore Precipitation Capability (OPC)
  • Improvements to INSITE
  • Improvements to MRMS for Aviation
  • Cloud and Visibility Improvements GSD
  • Cloud and Visibility Improvements EMC
  • Upcoming GOES-R products for C&V

Lunch, Group Dinners, and other Activities
  • Each day during the experiment lunch there will be the option to order food since we will be doing brownbag seminars during lunch.
    ***PLEASE BRING $$ CASH $$ IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER FOOD.
  • August 18th we will be heading to the KC Royals baseball game; tickets are $25 and signups will be during the first week of experiment
  • There will be a group dinner TBD during each week of the experiment

Experiment Evaluation Forms
Experiment Blogs


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