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LAST CALL ON SNOWFALL...

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LAST CALL ON SNOWFALL...

The storm system that will bring up to 6 inches of snow to parts of Missouri and central Illinois will have less of an impact on my local area. North of HWY 30 little if any snow will fall. Some light accumulations of a dusting to half an inch are possible between HWY 30 and I-80. Approximately I-80 southward is where the 1" line lays out and from there southward totals gradually go up. 1-3" amounts are expected from HWY 34 south, perhaps nearing 4" near the Missouri border.

The snow should reach close to I-80 towards evening, (5 to 6:00 pm) and then push east/northeast as the evening progresses. As it appears now, most of the accumulations should be over by daybreak, except in the far south closer to the Missouri state line. A much faster solution.

Here is where the advisories and warnings are in effect and the worst of the snow and driving issues are expected. These could be extended a bit further northward into parts of southern Iowa and central Illinois later today if the NWS sees a need.

The late morning radar showed the snow band slowly working towards the southern Iowa border.

Getting to the essential goods, here are the latest snowfall forecasts. Of them all I prefer the EURO but might drop what it shows south about 25-30 miles

The EURO

The SREF ensembles

The 3k NAM

The HRRR

The GFS

Temperatures are going to stay cold and below freezing through Wednesday before warmer weather later in the week. Here are the forecast temperatures and dew points for both Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities through Wednesday.

That's the latest and the last call for snowfall on this trying system. Roll weather and for those of you who get the white gold, please enjoy it for me!

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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

Precipitation output

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…

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Thunderstorms, tornadoes, derechoes, and squall lines.

Soundings. What are they and why should I care?

Instability (CAPE) vs (CIN) Critical interaction involving moisture, heating, and forcing.

Uncovering the ingredients of a severe weather set-up.

TVS signatures. What to look for on radar.

Role of SPC vs NWS, and your local TV station regarding the warning process.

Simulated model driven forecast of a severe weather event/tornado outbreak

Session 5: WINTER STORMS:

The key ingredients required for significant winter storm:

How to forecast the rain snow line.

How to forecast snow totals from QPF

Determining totals from snow ratios.

What to look for at the surface and at upper levels (500 and 850mb)

Model bias and determining the storm track

Simulated model driven forecast of a significant Midwest winter storm

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

An open period for attendees to ask questions regarding relevant topics or issues discussed during the day.

CONCLUSION:

Some final words of inspiration from the events headliners

Once again, to reserve a spot or ask questions send an email to carolynswettstone@yahoo.com See you when the bell rings! Roll weather...T. Swails

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