Severe Storms, Big Data, and Pretty Pictures
Severe Storms, Big Data, and Pretty Pictures

Storm Scale Modeling, Big Data, and Lots of Pretty Pictures

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Wait, a blog? What is this, 2010?

Well, with the start of my Master's degree at the University of Wisconsin - Madison comes a new project to work on, and the project is pretty cool and I'm going to want to share thoughts, findings, and most importantly, pretty pictures, from this experience. I have the privilege of working with Dr. Leigh Orf on his ultra-high resolution tornado simulations on the Blue Waters supercomputer, and if you know anything about his work or have seen his simulations, you know there's a lot of cool stuff to look at.

I'd like to share some of the cool bits we discover along the way and also have a platform to flesh out ideas... and lately the Twitter community has frustrated me in more ways than one, but primarily because of the difficulty of communicating clearly in 140 characters. And maybe I'll get into less trouble by expressing my thoughts where fewer people will find them...!

So what now?

Well, that's about it. I'm not sure how frequently I'll post here (although I hope it's often) or whether or not it'll be primarily the musings of a confused grad student or pretty pictures. I don't have much more to share right now as I'm still getting spun up on the supercomputer and the custom software written by Leigh to manage the large volumes of data, but perhaps the first animation I put together will be the next posting.

Got anymore of them pretty pictures?

Oh, you know it, although if you've seen my twitter posts, these won't be new to you. More to come in the future!
tor pres pert
Pressure perturbations at the surface accumulated over time. Black corresponds to negative perturbations.
sim radar
A nice, pretty simulated radar image.