PIECES OF THE PUZZLE STARTING TO COME TOGETHER...
I'm starting to see some consistency in a storm that could bring some travel issues to parts of the central Midwest the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The model variance has been unusually high the past few days leading to low confidence. At least today, both the GFS and EURO are picking up on a singular piece of energy and are fairly close in the development and track of a surface low through Missouri and SC Illinois. The EURO shows this at the surface.
The GFS has this...it's a good 6 hours faster, slightly weaker, but similarly placed.
Both models do show some snow northwest of the track. Being 5 days away fluctuations in track and intensity can be expected so the placement of the snow band could go north or south. The past 24 hours the trend has been to inch south putting the SE half of my area under the gun. At least for now, this is what the big 2 show for snow potential.
Meantime, the coming weekend looks pretty quiet. There is a weak upper air low that will cross the region Friday night and Saturday. It will likely produce some clouds at that time and perhaps a few rain or snow showers early Saturday in the south, very light. Temperatures look fairly seasonal with highs low 40s Saturday to the mid or upper 40s Sunday. Time to get those Christmas lights up!
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WEATHER SCHOOL AGENDA:
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Purpose: To help weather enthusiasts understand the basics of forecasting and apply the knowledge and techniques learned to construct personal forecasts.
Session 1: DATA ACQUISITION
The essential on-line sites for models, observations, satellite and radar images, and general weather data.
Session 2: ANALYSIS:
Determining your objective goals. Short term, intermediate, or long-term. Understanding the process of analysis and its relationship to forecasting.
Model options and choices. What to use and when!
The GFS, EURO, NAM 3k, NAM 12K, Canadian, HRRR, MJO, ensembles, teleconnections, etc.
Locating, learning, and knowing what’s essential to make a reliable forecast.
The art and science of model interpretation: Using and understanding model output. Its called guidance for a reason!
Learn how to analyze key parameters such as:
Surface and upper air data
Vorticity and energy
Wind and pressure
Session 3: MAKING A FORECAST FROM MODEL GUIDANCE
A simulation of the basic process using model output.
BREAK: A 25-30 minute recess to enjoy a catered lunch…
Session 4: SEVERE WEATHER:
Thunderstorms, tornadoes, derechoes, and squall lines.