SPC Photos

SPC PHOTOS

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is located in Norman, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City. It is tasked with monitoring and providing advisories regarding hazardous weather across the United States. Provided here is an assortment of photos showing a typical shift at the center. Note: Budget cuts have recently threatened operations at SPC. To find out more on this story, click here.

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Late night photo of the Storm Prediction Center, occupying the right side of the National Severe Storms Laboratory building.


SPC photo

It's 1 in the morning, the start of a graveyard shift. It's during this time when patterns are quickly shifting and evolving to set the stage for the next day's weather events. New computer model forecasts pour in, shedding additional light on what's to come. On the right, the aviation forecaster analyzes an upper-level chart, while on the left, the mesoscale forecaster checks a PCGRIDDS model data plot.


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On the right is the lead forecaster, putting the finishing touches on a convective outlook product. To the left is the mesoscale forecaster. On this night, it happened to be chaser Roger Edwards.

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A closer look at the lead forecaster's desk. In the background is the aviation forecast position, with hand-analyzed upper air charts tiling the wall in the background. On the right side is the MCIDAS computer workstation, displaying water vapor satellite photos.



All photos © Copyright 1997 Tim Vasquez. May be freely reproduced for non-commercial use.

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