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A case study of the operational usefulness of the sharp workstation in forecasting a mesocyclone-induced cold sector tornado event in California
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    An illustration of the operational usefulness of the SHARP Workstation in providing supplementary guidance to forecasters in a situation in which two tornadoes occurred in California's Sacramento Valley is presented. Use of the SHARP Workstation in analyzing the initial hodograph and in producing a bogus afternoon sounding and hodograph for the Sacramento Valley indicated that buoyancy and shear were in the correct range for moderate to strong mesocyclone-induced tornadoes. Conventional wisdom would have suggested that weak funnel clouds and small hail were the chief threats in this weather pattern. However, forecasters, aware of the role of shear in inducing storm rotation and of the potential for this weather pattern to be associated with favorable buoyancy and shear parameters in certain regions of California, would have been alert to the possibility of damaging and potentially life-threatening tornadoes.
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