A primary connection between meteorology and the larger world comes through forecasts of the weather. But where do forecasts come from, how do forecasters make decisions, and how are the methods for both creating and disseminating forecasts changing? The panelists in this session will include forecasters as well as those who have observed and studied the forecasting process and how it has evolved through the history of our field. The discussion will center on the observations needed to make forecasts, along with the observations needed to understand and improve how forecasters do what they do, and the methods used to collect those observations.
Daniel Nietfeld, NOAA/OAR/ESRL, Global Systems Division, Boulder, CO
Phaedra Daipha, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Jack R. Friedman, Univ. of Oklahoma, Center for Applied Social Research, Norman, OK; Daphne LaDue, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and Richard Smith, NOAA/NWSFO, Norman, OK
(Joint between the Special Symposium on Individual, Social, and Cultural Observations in Weather and Climate Contexts; the 12th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice; and the Fifth Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events )