SC21 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Visualization of an Above Anvil Cirrus Plume


Authors: Dave Semeraro (University of Texas); Leigh Orf (University of Wisconsin, Madison); and Greg Foss (University of Texas)

Abstract: We present a visual investigation of the simulation of a supercell thunderstorm. The simulation and analysis was conducted on the Frontera system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. The visualization utilized a variety of software including Paraview, OSPRay and a collection of other post-processing tools. The resolution was chosen to capture the formation and evolution of an above anvil cirrus plume (AACP). These features are indicative of energetic storms that typically produce more violent weather and are typically observed from weather satellites. In addition to being a flag for severe weather, these structures inject water vapor and ice into the stratosphere. The presence of moisture in the characteristically dry stratosphere has been linked to ozone depletion. The visualization explores the formation and time evolution of the AACP using a collection of visualization methods. Visualization of conditions inside the storm provide insight into the mechanism that produces the cirrus plume.

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