Baron Lynx - Spring 2020 Release

New Features and Functionality

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Automated hourly forecasts: All frames referencing hourly values can update automatically with NDFD data, removing the need to manually enter your forecast for the day. Forecasts beyond 36 hours will pull Point Forecast data.

 

Automated daily forecasts: All frames referencing values from days 8-15 can update automatically using Point Forecast data.

 

 

Model editing drawing and keyframing capabilities: You can now draw custom regions (to match terrain for example) to edit the data, and animate the timing and location of the edits. This capability results in a model that matches your forecast.

Lakefront temperatures lowered by 6 Degrees using model editing; accurately depict YOUR forecast

 

Operational and Interface Enhancements: (click the links for video training)

  • Download daily graphics directly from the show prep tab.
  • Data now continuously lapses until you advance to the next frame as the default setting.
  • Make changes on a large scale with the new find and replace function.
  • Create and save custom workspaces for specific weather events. Workspaces will now open with the same Analysis layout as when Lynx was last closed.
  • Raised Regions no longer must animate. You have complete control through keyframing.

Feature enhancements:

New Data Products

Baron Radar Mosaic
Data Product Group: National Radar group
Time Step: 2 minutes

The new Baron Radar Mosaic displays all radars in a single high-fidelity, 1km resolution image, providing a clearer picture of precipitation reaching the ground. The Radar Mosaic now features greater coverage that includes the continental US and Canada. Baron technology is constantly monitoring data input to provide the best quality mosaic at all times.
*Baron legacy national radar mosaics will be discontinued on August 30, 2020. This includes products 31A, 302, 316, 362 and 364.

 

 

Baron national mosaic radar-derived rain and snow accumulation products
Data Product Group: Composite/Hydrology & Composite/Winter Products
Time Step: 4 minutes

Baron is now generating radar-derived national rain and snow accumulation products for hours 48, 72, 120, and 168 to enhance your ability to provide accumulation information for long duration tropical events, rain events, or snowstorms.

 

Baron GOES-16 nighttime fog and low cloud product
Data Product Group: GOES-16
Time Step: 5 minutes

The new Baron nighttime fog and low cloud product utilizes multiple IR channels from the GOES-16 satellite and enhanced color palettes to easily identify areas of fog and low clouds at night.

SPC Data

Day 1 and Day 2 Fire Weather Outlooks
Data Product Group: Storm Prediction Center

An overview of potential fire danger based on current fuel conditions and future weather for today and tomorrow.

 

Days 4-8 Severe Weather Outlook
Data Product Group: Storm Prediction Center

An overview of potential thunderstorm activity.

 

CPC Data

6-10-day and 8-14-day Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks
Data Product Group: Climate Prediction Center

Probability of above or below normal temperatures over the next 6-10 days or 8-14 days.


Probability of above or below normal precipitation over the next 6-10 days or 8-14 days.

New Baron Model Products

Wind Gusts
Forecast Model: BARONMODEL3K
Atmospheric Level: Surface
Resolutions Available: 3km
Time Step: 15 minutes

Wind gust data is now available in the Baron 3k model. This data will be most valuable during tropical activity or any severe weather event.

 

Additional Snowfall Ratios in the Baron 3km and Baron 15km models
Forecast Models: BARONMODEL3K & BARONMODEL15K
Additional Ratios: 15 to 1, 25 to 1
Resolutions Available: 3km
Time Step: 15 minutes

Adding 15:1 and 25:1 ratios to the already available options for forecast snowfall totals

Higher Resolution GFS Model Data

Forecast Model: GFS_HIRES
The GFS High-Resolution model is now available with products in 13km and 27km resolution.
*Baron’s existing GFS Model will be discontinued August 30, 2020.

Data will include all previously available products at higher resolutions as well as the following new products:

Dew Point
Atmospheric Level: 2m
Resolution Available: 27km
Precipitable Water
Atmospheric Level: Surface
Resolution Available: 27km
Visibility
Atmospheric Level: Surface
Resolution Available: 27km

Higher Resolution NAM Model Data

Forecast model: NAM_HIRES
The High-Resolution NAM model is now available with products in 3km resolution.
*Baron’s existing NAM Model will be discontinued August 30, 2020.

Data will include most previously available products at higher resolutions as well as the following new products:

Wind Gusts
Atmospheric Level: Surface
Resolutions Available: 3km
Updraft Helicity
Atmospheric Level: 2-5km
Resolutions Available: 3km

 

HRRR Data

Forecast model: HRRRCONUS
The HRRR is now available for hours 19-36, 4 times daily (00z/06z/12z/18z) at 1 hour time steps.


The HRRR also includes the following new products:

Energy Helicity Index (EHI)
Atmosphere Level: surface to 1km
Resolution Available: 3k
Categorized Max Reflectivity
Resolution Available: 3k

HRRR Smoke Forecast
Forecast Model: HRRRSMOKE
Atmospheric Level: 8m
Resolutions Available: 3km
Time Step: 1 hour
A 36-hour smoke plume forecast that is valuable for short term smoke forecasting is available from the HRRR model. The model is only available when conditions warrant.

NHC Data

Hurricane and Tropical Wind Speed Probabilities 
Forecast Model: NHC

Probabilities for hurricane wind speeds, tropical storm wind speeds, and 50-knot wind speeds are available to create animations for periods up to 120 hours. The data comes directly from the National Hurricane Center and is valuable for determining the likelihood of these events. This data will only be available when there are active tropical systems. Update times are every 6 hours.