AVE/SESAME: Atmospheric Variability Experiment/Severe Environmental Storms and Mesoscale Experiment (AVE/SESAME)

1975

Project SESAME was a scientific partnership between government (NOAA/NASA/NSF) and the atmospheric science community to lay the foundation for improved prediction of tornadoes, and hail, particularly those occurring in "family" outbreaks… in the major multiscale field programs of three spring months each in the early 1980's.

From Project Development Plan : Project Severe Environmental Storms and Mesoscale Experiment (SESAME)

The purpose of the program was twofold: (1) to produce more complete and meaningful data sets by combing rapid-scan GOES imagery with conventional observations from the AVE-SSESAME experiment; and (2) to study small-scale characteristics of severe thunderstorms and their environment by using the above mentioned data sets. Satellite data had shown things not observed by conventional data, but alone, the picture was a limited one. The same was true for radar or radiosonde or surface measurements. By combining radar and satellite images, or rawinds with cloud drift winds, research possibilities were greatly enhanced.

From Applications of the AVE-SESAME Data Sets to Mesoscale Studies

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Publications

  • Anderson, Charles E. Detection of rotating thunderstorms during SESAME '79 by observations from geosynchronous meteorological satellites. SESAME Newsletter v.2, no.1, 1984, pp7-9. Reprint #547.

  • Jedlovec, Gary J. and Fuelberg, Henry E. A subsynoptic-scale kinetic energy study of the Red River Valley tornado outbreak (AVE-SESAME I). Washington, DC, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Scientific and Technical Information Branch, 1981. 116p. NASA Contractor Report 3456. NAS 1.26:3456.

  • Project Severe Environmental Storms And Mesoscale Experiment (SESAME): Project development plan. Boulder, CO, US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL), 1976. 60p. C 55.602:976.

  • Project Severe Environmental Storms And Mesoscale Experiment (SESAME): SESAME 1979 Working Group reports and field plans. Boulder, CO, US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL), 1978. vi, 63p. C 55.602:978.

  • Rotzoll, Doris A.; Anderson, C. E., and Brandes, E. Comparison of cloud top winds to wind fields derived from dual-doppler radar during SESAME 1979. Conference on Severe Local Storms, 13th, Tulsa, OK, 17-20 October 1983 (preprints). Boston, MA, American Meteorological Society, 1983, pp163-166. Reprint #540.

  • Schlesinger, Robert E. Ongoing research in three-dimensional cloud modeling at the University of Wisconsin. Open SESAME (Severe Environmental Storms and Mesoscale Experiment), Boulder, CO, 4-6 September 1974. Proceedings. Boulder, CO, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Research Laboratory, 1975, pp350-359. Reprint #701.

  • Suchman, David, Auvine, B., Goodman, H. M., Lord, R., and Santek, D. Applications of the AVE-SESAME data sets to mesoscale studies. Final report on NASA contract NAS8-33799. Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center, 1983. 78p. UW SSEC Publication No.83.06.S1.

  • Suchman, David; Auvine, Brian; Goodman, H. Michael; Lord, Raymond, and Santek, David. Application of the AVE-SESAME data sets to mesoscale studies. NASA/MSFC FY-82 Atmospheric Processes Research Review, Huntsville, AL, 31 August-3 September 1982. Washington, DC, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Scientific and Technical Information Branch, 1983, pp96-97. Reprint #1896.

  • Suchman, David; Auvine, Brian; Goodman, H. Michael; Lord, Raymond, and Santek, David. Applications of the AVE-SESAME data sets to mesoscale studies (NASA contract no.NAS8-33799). Washington, DC, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1984. 78p., appendix. NASA Contractor Report 3819. NAS 1.26:3819.

  • Suchman, David; Auvine, Brian; Goodman, H. Michael; Lord, Raymond; Santek, David, and Thomas, Arthur. Application of the AVE-SESAME data sets to mesoscale studies. NASA/MSFC FY-81 Atmospheric Processes Research Review, summary of a program review held in Huntsville, AL, 1-3 September 1981. Washington, DC, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Scientific and Technical Information Branch, 1981, pp101-102. Reprint #1894.

  • Suchman, David; Lord, R., and Thomas, A. Combining and comparing satellite and radar brightness statistics during SESAME '79. Conference on Severe Local Storms, 12th, San Antonio, TX, 12-15 January 1982 (preprints). Boston, MA, American Meteorological Society, 1982, pp232-235. Reprint #310.

  • Suomi, V. E.; Mosher, Fred; Norton, Carl; Krauss, Robert J.; Suchman, David, and Young, J. T. Applications of the AVE-Sesame data sets to mesoscale studies. NASA/MSFC FY-84 Atmospheric Processes Research Review, Huntsville, Al, 30 April, and 2-3 May 1984. Washington, DC, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Scientific and Technical Information Branch, 1984, pp201-202. Reprint #3177.

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