Significant Paper: Multi-radar Multi-sensor (MRMS) Severe Weather and Aviation Products: Initial Operating Capabilities

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Multi-radar Multi-sensor (MRMS) Severe Weather and Aviation Products: Initial Operating Capabilities
Authors: Travis M. Smith, Valliappa Lakshmanan, Gregory J. Stumpf, Kiel L. Ortega, Kurt Hondl, Karen Cooper, Kristin M. Calhoun, Darrel M. Kingfield, Kevin L. Manross, Robert Toomey, Jeff Brogden
Journal: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Publication Date: Online 1/27/16

Important Conclusions:
Several individual, automated algorithms have been developed using the MRMS system to yield a forecasting and analysis system that provide real-time products useful in severe weather and aviation nowcasting. Automated algorithms that operate on data from multiple radars can provide information with greater temporal resolution and better spatial coverage than their single-radar counterparts. MRMS-Severe/Aviation products were developed and tested over a period of more than a decade prior to becoming operational at NCEP. MRMS Severe/Aviation software integrates knowledge from NWS forecasters, as well as scientific research of storms and their environments, to provide a foundation for managing ever-increasing data flows through intelligent integration of remotely sensed information

Significance:
The paper summarized the initial operating capabilities of the MRMS-Severe Weather applications and 3D radar mosaicking capability built on the WDSS-II infrastructure, which the core of MRMS functionality.  It also covers the history of development and testing of the system. It is a timely submission to BAMS, as the MRMS capabilities are currently rolling out for use in the National Weather Service.