What is already known:
What this study adds:
Accurate short-term forecasts are critical for forecasters when anticipating severe weather events and improving such forecasts has long been a focus for meteorologists. The recent emergence of ensemble based data-assimilation systems has proven to be a promising step toward the improvement of these vital forecasts. The National Severe Storms Laboratory Mesoscale Ensemble (NME) is a 36-member ensemble that provides hourly forecasts and analyses of a variety of products used for severe weather forecasting, such as soundings and 2-m temperature fields. This project seeks to quantitatively evaluate said products through comparison to observations from a number of sources (surface stations, rawinsondes, etc.), including the Oklahoma and Texas mesonets.