This work would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support of the broader LAPS user and development communities. The authors thank John Osborn of Cherokee Nation Technologies for his careful editorial review of this manuscript. The authors thank the following individuals for their contributions in various capacities: Lans Rothfusz, Travis Smith, Kristin Calhoun, and Gabe Garfield (HWT support from NOAA/NSSL); Robert Lipschutz (data transfer arrangements from NOAA/ESRL/GSD); and H. Frank J. Guseman, N. Hampshire, A. Hatzos, M. Austin, J. Kurtz, C. Leonardi, B. Mazur, E. Ostuno, H Tuschy, E. Martello, A. Sears, J. Wesely, A Zimmerman, K. White HUN, and J. McCormick (participating as forecasters in the HWT-2013 EWP experiments). We thank Pablo Santos, an anonymous reviewer, and the editor (Jeff Waldstreicher) for their constructive reviews that significantly improved the manuscript.
CWA County Warning Area
GSD Global Systems Division
HRRR High Resolution Rapid Refresh, NOAA/NWS operational weather prediction system
LAPS Local Analysis and Prediction System, also referred to as traditional LAPS
SBCAPE Surface-based CAPE
vLAPS Variational version of LAPS, also known as STMAS (Space and Time Multiscale Analysis System). This older acronym is equivalent to vLAPS.
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