Below Are Research Projects That Michael Stanga/TheWxPage.Com Have Authored and/or Contributed to. Click The Links To Access a Project.
Internet Based GIS Remote Sensing And Storm Chasing
On 22 May 2010, multiple tornadoes swept across the Northern Plains near Bowdle, South Dakota. These storms produced upwards of six tornadoes, the most destructive receiving an EF-4 rating. Real-time forecasting through Internet based geographic information systems (GIS) remote sensing data integrated with a Windows® based radar program contributed greatly to a successful intercept of these tornadoes by the author. This article will illustrate the special uses of Internet based GIS data for use in real-time forecasting and applications while storm chasing.
Published: National Weather Association Newsletter – December 2010
Effects of Population Density And Storm Reports in Minnesota From 1985-2005
The primary objective of this study was to determine whether population density has played a role in the severe weather reports in Minnesota from 1985-2005. A secondary objective of the study was to determine if the mean node of all reports on a yearly basis was near the mean node of the population density. The data for the time period was analyzed using geospatial, statistical and spatial analysis tools in ESRI ArcMap 9.3. Interpretations of the data suggest that population density is directly related to severe weather reports in the State of Minnesota during the study time.
Presented: St. Cloud State University Undergraduate Research Colloquium and Minnesota Academy of Science – Winchell Undergraduate Research Colloquium and 2011 Minnesota Storm Chasing Convention
High Resolution Surface Station Network in Severe Weather Forecasting
Published: National Weather Association Newsletter – October 2009
August 8th 2009 – A Storm Chasing Perspective
On the evening of 8 August 2009, a well forecasted tornadic event occurred just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. By 12Z 8 August 2009, RUC and WRF models were forecasting a conditional setup for severe weather around the Minneapolis metropolitan area by 0Z 9 August 2009. this event would produce one EF1 tornado in the Minneapolis metro area and two tornadoes (EF1 and EF0) in western Wisconsin. This study illustrates the documentation of the Long Lake Minnesota EF1 tornado by local storm chasers.
(PPT/ZIP Download Link: http://thewxpage.com/wp-content/uploads/8August2009Astormchasingperspective.zip – 40MB)
Presented: 2010 Minnesota Storm Chasing Convention and 14th Annual Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference
“August 8th 2009 – A Storm Chasing Perspective” Presentation At the 2010 Minnesota Storm Chasing Convention (Below)
Storm Chasing and Photography
Storm Chasing and Photography is a high level overview of storm chasing and its photographic elements authored by Michael Stanga and Dean Baron. The presentation is focused towards a non storm chasing audience on some of the aspects of storm chasing as well as a small sample of photography while storm chasing.
Presented: Target Photography Network – February 2012