As a rapidly growing company that is on the leading edge of innovation in the hydrometeorological sciences, MetStat® and its employees frequently impact and interact with the community. What follows is a collection of company news items, including MetStat® publications, conference presentations, community outreach and events, personnel additions, and recognition for our work.
MetStat attended the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society on Jan. 7-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Victoria Bahls co-chaired a session on Hydrometeorology and Dam Safety Applications on Monday, which featured presentations by USACE, USBR, NRC, NOAA, and MetStat ‘s Jason Caldwell, highlighting the paradigm shift from deterministic to probabilistic methods. In describing the shift from PMP to Precipitation-Frequency-based methods, a special session poster presented by Katie Ward and Tye Parzybok showed the extreme nature of Hurricane Harvey over southeastern Texas. Meteorologist Shauna Bokn also presented a poster using self-organizing maps to identify long-term trends in stagnant patterns associated with stalled systems like Harvey. Also, Victoria Bahls, the Outreach Chair of Denver-Boulder’s Chapter of the AMS, was awarded the AMS Local Chapter of the Year! In addition to the conference activities, MetStat engaged with stakeholders from the Texas Water Development Board, the University of Texas-Arlington, Lynker Tech, the South Carolina State Climatology Office, Lyndon State College, and partners WDT and Synoptic, among others.
Nov 27-30, 2017 - Katie at AWS Re:Invent
Katie Ward attended the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas to learn about new services in addition to expanding knowledge on current services offered in the cloud. MetStat currently hosts all of its real-time processes in the cloud and are actively working on growing this infrastructure to keep up with the state-of-the-science in technology.
Nov 8-9, 2017 - Jason at NHWC
The National Hydrologic Warning Council held a workshop on Hurricane Harvey preparation, response, impacts, and recovery in San Antonio, TX, on November 8-9, 2017. MetStat provided a presentation on the implications of the record-breaking rainfall for dam safety, specifically hydrologic hazards analyses, in the State of Texas. Harvey produced rainfall more rare than 1-in-1000-year average recurrence interval across areas over 10,000 square miles, which affects probable maximum precipitation estimates and storm-type based precipitation-frequency analyses that are being performed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Trinity River Basin. For additional details, you can view the presentations here. The greatest take-home message from this conference was that “Communication is Key to Prepare and Respond to Major Catastrophies”.
Nov 6, 2017 - Alyssa & Nicole Skype with 3rd Grade Class
Alyssa Dietrich and Nicole Novembre skyped with Ms. Bellinghausen’s third grade class at High Plains School in Loveland, CO. The class was learning about weather related hazards and ways to make their homes more flood resistant. They asked all kinds of great questions about heavy rainfall, flooding and dams.
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Tye Parzybok attended the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Dam Safety 2017 Conference in San Antonio, TX September 12-15, 2018. “ASDSO is a national non-profit organization serving state dam safety programs and the broader dam safety community, which includes federal dam safety professionals, dam owners and operators, engineering consultants, emergency managers, manufacturers, suppliers, academia, contractors, and others interested in improving dam safety.” Tye presented on MetStat’s precipitation frequency analysis for Colorado and New Mexico during the “Extreme Precipitation Estimates for State Dam Safety Regulators – Past, Present and Future” 90-minute Soapbox session. Tye also presented our MetStorm results of the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in the concurrent session titled: “Everything Really is Bigger in Texas, Including Harvey’s Record-Breaking Rainfall.” His presentation provided a probabilistic perspective of Havey’s rainfall in Texas; in some places the rainfall had annual exceedance probabilities as rare as 10-6. In fact, at large area sizes and long durations, the rainfall exceeded the Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) published in HMR51.
Team members Shauna Bokn and Tye Parzybok put together average recurrence interval (ARI) maps for the rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey, which hit southeast Texas as a Category 4 storm on the evening of August 25. One of these maps was featured prominently in Jeff Masters’ Category 6 blog on WeatherUnderground, which is one of the longest-running and most widely read weather blogs in the world.
August 22, 2017 - MetStat team retreat
We had a thought-provoking, successful and great team building retreat this week in Longmont, Colorado. Armed with some great advice, we’re ready to execute on some important elements to make MetStat, our team, and what we provide clients even better than today.
July 11, 2017 - Victoria & Brian Present at CEPSYM
MetStat team members Victoria Sankovich Bahls and Brian Crow attended the 2017 California Extreme Precipitation Symposium (CEPSYM) in Davis, CA on July 11, 2017. They co-presented “Putting the Record-Breaking Wet 2017 Water Year into Historical Context,” a presentation which compared the wettest 60-day periods and major storms of the 1982-1983, 1997-1998, and 2016-2017 California wet seasons. More on their talk may be found at the CEPSYM website.
Jun 5-8, 2017 - Katie & Alyssa attend 12th NHWC Training Conference
Team members Katie Laro and Alyssa Hendricks attended the 12th Annual National Hydrologic Warning Council Training Conference & Exposition in Squaw Valley, CA on Jun 5-8, 2017. Katie presented “Cloud Computing for Near Real-Time Precipitation Analytics” to outline the advancements of cloud computing and its use by MetStat in real-time precipitation applications. Alyssa presented “Leveraging Open Source Software to Establish an Extreme Storm Database,” which discussed the motivation and necessary components for maintaining a database of extreme storm events.
May 22, 2017 - MetStat welcomes Madison Powell to the team!
Madison Powell has joined MetStat as a meteorology and storm analyst intern. While she works on her meteorology degree, she hopes to learn about the world of private sector meteorology at an innovative and fast-growing company.
April 18-20, 2017 - Alyssa & Tye attend Southeast Regional ASDSO Conference
Alyssa and Tye attended the Southeast Regional Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Conference in Nashville, TN. There, they presented “Extreme Storm Database, Transposition & Evaluation Tool: Supporting Hydrologic Risk Analyses” to feature findings of the TVA Hydrologic Hazards project that MetStat has supported for over 3 years.
April 4-5, 2017 - Nicole & Jason attend USSD in Anaheim
Jason and Nicole attended the U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, CA on April 4-5, 2017. They presented “Advances in Watershed Modeling Inputs and Methods for Dam Safety Risk Analyses” on a special panel for Probable Maximum Precipitation. The presentation highlighted the transition from deterministic to probabilistic methods for risk-informed decision making (RIDM).
March 27, 2017 - MetStat welcomes Blake Allen to the team!
Blake Allen joins MetStat as our new meteorological programmer! He has 8 years experience using Python and FORTRAN for meteorological data analysis and model development, and will be assisting us with numerous projects involving modeling and GUI development.
March 22, 2017 - MetStat welcomes Shauna Bokn to the team!
Shauna Bokn has joined MetStat as our newest storm analyst. She comes to us directly from finishing her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics (emphasis in Meteorology) from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
March 9, 2017 - SC State Climatology Office features MetStorm Analysis of Hurricane Matthew
On October 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina bringing copious amounts of rain to the eastern half of the state. Recently, the South Carolina State Climatology Office (SCSCO) released an interactive journal (dnr.sc.gov/matthew2016) describing the impacts of Matthew. MetStat analyzed the precipitation using MetStorm to provide storm totals along with average recurrence intervals, which in some locations exceeded a 1-in-1000 year event. Hurricane Matthew impacted some of the same areas from the October 2015 flooding event described by the SCSCO in a separate interactive journal article released last year (dnr.sc.gov/flood2015). MetStat assisted with that analysis as well.
March 2017 - CO-NM Extreme Precip Study
MetStat was selected to update precipitation frequency estimates for Colorado and New Mexico as part of a Regional Extreme Precipitation Study due to finish in mid-2018.
Jan 23-26, 2017 - Nicole, Victoria, & Alyssa attend PFHA Workshop
Victoria Bahls, Alyssa Dietrich, and Nicole Novembre attended the 2017 Probabilistic Flood Hazard Assessment Research Workshop at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Research. The workshop provided an overview of research in the realm of probabilistic flood hazards and included sessions on storm surge, climate and precipitation, leveraging available flood information, reliability of flood protection and plant response to flooding events, and frameworks.
Jan 22-26, 2017 - Katie & Brad attend AMS Annual Meeting
Katie Laro and Brad Wells represented MetStat at the 2017 American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Seattle, WA. There, they presented a poster describing an overview of the processes involved in the real-time nation-wide hourly rain gauge acquisition and quality control as well as examples of its applications. Their presentation also included a vision for future improvements involving cloud computing and the disaggregation and integration of the Global Historical Climatological Network Daily dataset.
Jan 25, 2017 - MetStat welcomes Krista Glaser to the team!
Krista Glaser joins the MetStat team as our new business manager! Krista has been managing business and office operations in Northern Colorado for over 10 years, and is excited to help MetStat® manage its operations as well.
Jan 2017 - MetStat relocates its Denver office to Wheat Ridge
As MetStat continues to expand, our growing team needs more space! MetStat’s Denver-area location has moved to 4251 Kipling St, Suite 160 in Wheat Ridge, CO to a larger office that better suits our growing team.
Nov 4, 2016 - MetStat sponsors the Young Scientist Symposium on Atmospheric Science
The 6th Annual Young Scientist Symposium on Atmospheric Research (YSSAR) was held at Colorado State University’s Atmospheric Science campus on Nov. 4, 2016, and MetStat was proud to be a title sponsor. Two MetStat team members, Brad Wells and Brian Crow, also attended the conference to learn about student attendees’ research and discuss MetStat’s work to raise awareness among students about the wide range of private-sector opportunities in the atmospheric sciences.
Oct 31, 2016 - MetStat welcomes Victoria Bahls to the team!
Victoria Bahls has joined the MetStat team as a senior hydrometeorologist. Her expertise in dam safety and precipitation frequency analysis will be particularly helpful to the team. She is the fourth Colorado State University alumni to join MetStat.
Oct 17, 2016 - MetStat welcomes Brian Crow to the team!
Brian Crow has joined MetStat as a staff meteorologist. Brian comes to us after finishing his master’s degree in atmospheric science at Colorado State University. His research experience throughout college and graduate school has spanned a broad variety of meteorological phenomena, and he hopes this will be of great benefit in analyzing storms.
Sept 11-15, 2016 - Tye & Katie attend ASDSO Annual Conference
At the Association of State Dam Safety Officers (ASDSO) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, Katie and Tye presented “Advances in Extreme Precipitation Methodologies” to draw awareness to (1) deterministic vs. probabilistic extreme precipitation studies, (2) Storm typing and storm-based precipitation frequency estimates, (3) Tools for evaluating extreme storm moisture transport, (4) Extreme storm precipitation analyses, (5) Orographic influences on extreme storm precipitation, and (6) Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) uncertainty.
Jul 11, 2016 - MetStat welcomes Nicole Novembre to the team!
Nicole Novembre has joined MetStat’s rapidly growing team as the Chief Hydrologic Engineer! Nicole has extensive experience in dam safety risk analysis and engineering consulting.
May 22-26, 2016 - Tye attends World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2016
As an invited speaker to the “Design and Extreme Storm Events” session at West Palm Beach, FL’s World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Tye presented “Latest Perspective on Extreme Storm Precipitation Analysis” to highlight the purposes and uses of detailed storm precipitation analyses and new data/technology for conducting storm analyses.
May 2, 2016 - MetStat welcomes Brad Wells to the team!
Brad Wells has joined the MetStat team as a staff meteorologist! He is the second Colorado State University alumni to join MetStat, having finished his master’s degree there in 2015, and he has also worked in the Colorado Climate Center.
Apr 15, 2016 - NHWC April Newsletter features MetStorm
The April 2016 edition of the National Hydrologic Warning Council newsletter featured “A MetStorm Analysis on the Lower Mississippi River Valley Storm of March 2016.”
Feb 18, 2016 - MetStat tasked with CO-NM Extreme Precipitation Frequency Analysis
MetStat was awarded the task order for an Extreme Precipitation Frequency Analysis for the joint Colorado-New Mexico Regional Extreme Precipitation Study.
Oct 4, 2015 - MetStat ARI map featured in Jeff Masters' WunderBlog
As Hurricane Joaquin lashed the Bahamas and narrowly missed the southeast coast of the United States, a midlatitude low pressure system siphoned moisture from it to produce extremely heavy rains over South and North Carolina. MetStat’s real-time average recurrence interval (ARI) product was featured in Jeff Masters’ hugely popular WunderBlog to highlight the extreme nature of the rains.
Sept 23-24, 2015 - Alyssa presents at GIS in the Rockies
Team member Alyssa Hendricks presented a talk entitled “MetStorm: Near Real-Time Storm Preicpitation Analytics” at the 2015 GIS in the Rockies conference in Denver, CO.
Sept 13-18, 2015 - Tye presents MetStorm Live poster at Radar Meteorology Conference
Tye Parzybok presented on the near-real-time capabilities of MetStorm, MetStat’s new precipitation analysis software. His poster, “Near Real-time Storm Precipitation Analytics Using Dual-Pol Radar Data,” was presented at the AMS 37th Conference on Radar Meteorology in Norman, OK.
Aug 4-6, 2015 - Tye presents as panelist on Storm-Scale Observation Panel
Tye Parzybok was a panelist at the AMS 2015 Summer Community Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. He participated as a panelist on the Storm-Scale Observation Panel.
July 19-22, 2015 - Bill Mokry presents at Natural Hazards Research & Applications Workshop
Team member Bill Mokry presented a poster entitled “Real-time Average Recurrence Interval Maps: a New Way of Communicating High Impact Precipitation” at the 40th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Broomfield, CO.
Summer 2015 - Arvada, CO Office Opens
MetStat opened a Denver-area branch in summer of 2015 in old town Arvada in the Jehn Center building. The new branch enables Denver-based team members to work much closer to home.
Jun 16-18, 2015 - Katie & Debbie present at National Hydrologic Warning Council
Katie Laro and Debbie Martin of MetStat present “MetStorm: Near Real-Time Storm Precipitation Analytics” and ” Regional Precipitation Frequency Analysis for Four Storm Types in Tennessee Valley Watershed” at the 2015 National Hydrologic Warning Council Training Conference & Exposition in Indianapolis, Indiana.
May 30, 2015 - MetStat products prominently featured in Jeff Masters' WunderBlog
MetStat storm-total precipitation and average recurrence interval maps of the extreme floods in Texas during May of 2015 are featured in Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog entitled “The Rains of May and the Science of Recurrence Intervals.”
Mar 9, 2015 - MetStat welcomes Jason Caldwell to the team!
Dr. R. Jason Caldwell has joined the MetStat team! Jason has 20 years’ experience in meteorology, hydrology, and statistics.
News Archive (Prior to 2015)
- June 25, 2014 – MetStat welcomes Katie Laro, Alyssa Hendricks and Bill Mokry to the MetStat team!
- April 8, 2014 – Tye Parzybok of MetStat provided an oral presentation titled “The Colorado September 8-17, 2013 Extreme Rainfall Event: Rainfall Analysis Results using NEXRAD Data and the Storm Precipitation Analysis System (SPAS)” at the International Weather Radar and Hydrology.
- March 5, 2014 – MetStat rainfall analysis is featured in the Digital Earth: Floods presentation at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
- October 15, 2013 – MetStat welcomes Debbie Martin, who has 16 years of experience in atmospheric and hydrometeorological sciences, to the MetStat team!
- September 18, 2013 – MetStat is tasked with leading the detailed rainfall analysis associated with the 1,000+year rainfall event that struck Colorado during the period Sept 8-17, 2013. This collaborative effort is being bolstered by help from the Colorado Climate Center and Applied Weather Associates.
- September 17, 2013 – The MetStat Extreme Precipitation Index (EPI) helps the State of Colorado Division of Water Resources identify impacted dams for inspection after the disastrous flooding that hit Colorado during the period September 9-16, 2013.
- May 8, 2013 – MetStat relocates its office into the Rocky Mountain Innosphere Facility in Fort Collins, CO.
- March 25, 2013 – Local Meteorological Engineering Company, MetStat, Joins Rocky Mountain Innosphere (Press Release)
- February 11, 2013 – MetStat President and Chief Meteorologist Tye W. Parzybok is designated a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) by the American Meteorological Society.
- January 7, 2013 – Featured poster at Annual AMS Conference in Austin, TX titled: Real-time Quality Control of 1-hour Rain Gauge Data Using a Multi-Senor Approach.
- September 17, 2012 – Featured award-winning poster at Dam Safety 2012 Conference in Denver, CO titled: Regional Precipitation Frequency Analysis For Wyoming.
- November 21, 2011 – Completed comprehensive analysis of rainfall across New Jersey and New York associated with Hurricane Irene (Aug 27-29, 2011) with SPAS and NEXRAD data.
- August 29, 2011 – MetStat ARI map of Hurricane Irene’s rainfall featured in the New York Times.
- August 29, 2011 – MetStat and Weather Decision Technologies feature forecast Average Recurrence Interval (ARI) capabilities in press release.
- August 29, 2011 – MetStat ARI map of Hurricane Irene’s rainfall referenced in Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog titled “Irene’s 1-in-100 year rains trigger deadly flooding“.
- July 14, 2011 – Added 06-hour ARI based on NWS precipitation, plus added Google Map interface for viewing 06- and 24-hour ARIs.
- June 21-24, 2011 – Presented Real-time Average Recurrence Interval Rainfall Maps for the U.S. at 39th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology/Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication.
- June 7, 2011 – Completed comprehensive analysis of rainfall across Tennessee and Kentucky associated with the “Epic” rainfall event of May 1-2, 2010. with SPAS and NEXRAD data.
- May 21-26, 2011 – Presented at the ASCE World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2011 (abstract).
- April 20, 2011 – Our original article titled “Average Recurrence Interval of Extreme Rainfall in Real-time” posted at Earthzine.org.
- January 19, 2011 – Visit our Forensic Meteorology Services listing posted in the HG Experts.com Legal Directory.
- January 26, 2011 – Visit our SPAS poster (#375) at the 91st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
- January 3, 2011 – Completed a comprehensive, radar-based analysis of the January 19-23, 2010 storm that hit Arizona with up to 15 inches of precipitation.
- November 4, 2010 – Presented: Improving Hydrologic Analysis and Applications through the Use of Radar Data, Quality Controlled Gauge Data and the Storm Precipitation Analysis System in Real-time at Midwest Hydro Users Group Fall Meeting in Wausau, WI.
- October 25, 2010 – Presented: Storm Precipitation Analysis System in Real-Time at National Flood Workshop in Houston, Texas.
- October 4, 2010 – Presented: Improving Hydrologic Analysis and Applications Through The Use Of Quality Contolled Radar Data and The Storm Precipitation Analysis System at Canadian Dam Association Annual Meeting.
- October 1, 2010 – Added on-line archive of 24-hour ARI maps based on NWS data. Older maps are available upon request.
- September 21, 2010 – Presented: Average Recurrence Interval of Event Precipitation in Real-Time at Annual ASDSO Dam Safety Conference in Seattle, WA.
- July 8, 2010: Completed SPAS storm re-analysis of USACE Storm SP 1-29 (Feb 12-17, 1927) over southern California.
- July 8, 2010: Updated design of CONUS ARI map posted on the Metstat.com homepage.
- July 1, 2010 – MetStat begins delivering real-time quality-controlled 1-hour precipitation gauge data to Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. for use in a variety of operational products, including gauge-adjusted radar-estimated precipitation for the United States. We access and QC over 10,000 stations an hour!
- June 23, 2010: Completed SPAS storm re-analysis of HMR-57 Storm 80 (Jan 20-25, 1935) over the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
- March 1, 2010 – Real-Time version of Storm Precipitation Analysis System (SPASRT) is launched. Service package includes high resolution gauged-adjusted radar precipitation, ARI maps, DAD plots, and more!
- December 2009: Tye Parzybok of MetStat plays a key role in the release of the U.S. Pacific Islands (NOAA Atlas 14 Volume 5) updated precipitation frequency estimates.
- October 26, 2009 – MetStat begins daily posting of 24-hour average recurrence interval precipitation map for U.S.
- June 2009: John Kleist joins the MetStat team as a Scientific Programmer and System Administrator.
- March 2009: Played a key role in the release of the final Hawaii updated precipitation frequency estimates (NOAA Atlas 14 Volume 4). Visit the Precipitation Frequency Data Server for more details.
- August 17, 2007: Donated weather station to Grandview Elementary School in Windsor, Colorado. View data via Weather Underground (link)
- June 2006: Played a key role in the release of the final Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands (NOAA Atlas 14 Volume 3) updated precipitation frequency estimates. Visit the Precipitation Frequency Data Server for more details.
- July 28, 2005: Developed archive of Stage IV multisensor estimated precipitation in an ArcInfo ASCII format back to January 2002.
- November 23, 2004: Weather Extremes of the West is released. Order your copy today from Amazon.com — hurry, supplies are limited!!
- September 27, 2004: Presented The Storm Precipitation Analysis System (SPAS) at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
- September 21, 2004: Began archiving hourly Stage IV multisensor estimated precipitation in an ArcInfo ASCII format (sample file)
- June 29, 2004: Played a key role in the release of the final Ohio River Basin & Surrounding States (NOAA Atlas 14 Volume 2) updated precipitation frequency estimates. Visit the Precipitation Frequency Data Server for more details.
- February 2, 2004: Began posting real-time weather observations at MetStat headquarters to the Weatherunderground.