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HOUSTON, WE HAVE SOME ISSUES...

January 10, 2020

In the past 12 hours weather models have been showing less phasing with the weather system that's entering the Midwest. That means less intensity and a further east track which impacts snow totals and their placement. Also, related to that issue is a warm layer of air aloft hanging tough over SE Iowa and all but far NW Illinois through tonight. It's known as an inversion.

 

These critical factors imply many areas tonight will experience either rain, freezing rain, or sleet . Only the far northwest will see a start as snow or a change over to snow. Accumulations of an inch of two are possible NW of a line from roughly Cedar Rapids to Dubuque. Parts of EC and SE Iowa that do go over to freezing rain and sleet could see significant accumulations. Hopefully, recent warm weather has allowed ground temperatures to be warm enough to reduce problems on treated roads. 

 

This is the projected snow tonight.

This are the projected ice and sleet accumulations tonight.

This wave of energy is gone by morning and there could be a brief lull early Saturday and then a band of snow develops and moves north into most areas by late morning or early afternoon. Most of the snow accumulations from the storm will come in this wave and 2-5" seems likely, some isolated 6" reports are possible. Little if any snow is expected in NE Iowa, especially as you head northwest of HWY 20

 

These are total snowfall forecasts from several models. I think they show the proper trends now.

 

The EURO

The GFS

The 3k NAM

The 12K NAM

The storm should end from west to east across my area between 9:00pm and Midnight. That's all I have time for now. Roll weather....TS

 

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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…

 

Session 4: SEVERE WEATHER:

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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