The Miller Technique

Posted by on Thursday, February 2, 2017
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The Miller Technique is one of the tests used to evaluate convective storms.

It looks at pressure trends, isobars, at various levels of the atmosphere.

The problem faced by the forecaster was to consider the current surface and upper air data, determine the existence of these parameters or the probability of their development, and then project the parameters in space and time in order to issue the "tornado threat area" with a reasonable degree of confidence and leadtime.

The Miller Technique was developed by Col. Robert C. Miller, who was with the United States Air Force. The meteorologist pioneered severe convective storms forecasting and applied research, developing an empirical forecasting method, identifying many features associated with severe thunderstorms, a forecast checklist and manuals, and is known for the first official tornado forecast in 1948.

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