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Model Diagnostics Discussion
 
(Latest Discussion - Issued 1844Z Aug 20, 2014)
 
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MODEL DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
244 PM EDT WED AUG 20 2014

VALID AUG 20/1200 UTC THRU AUG 24/0000 UTC

...SEE NOUS42 KWNO (ADMNFD) FOR THE STATUS OF THE UPPER AIR
INGEST...

12Z MODEL EVALUATION WITH FINAL PREFERENCES
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
INITIALIZATION ERRORS WITH THE NAM/GFS DO NOT SEEM TO DEGRADE
THEIR SHORT RANGE FORECASTS.


WEAK SHORTWAVE LIFTING NEWD FROM THE NRN HIGH PLAINS TODAY
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
PREFERENCE:  12Z GFS / 12Z ECMWF COMPROMISE
CONFIDENCE:  SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE

THE 00Z ECMWF/UKMET BECOME SUSPICIOUSLY STRONG EARLY ON WITH
MID-LEVEL VORTICITY MOVING THROUGH THE DAKOTAS LATER THIS EVENING
AND END UP ON THE NRN EDGE OF THE LATEST GUIDANCE WITH A
CORRESPONDING SURFACE LOW AND WARM FRONT TO TRACK ACROSS THE UPPER
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. TRENDS IN THE ECMWF/UKMET THROUGH THEIR 00Z/20
CYCLE ARE NORTH WITH THIS LOW BUT THE 12Z ECMWF/UKMET HAVE SHIFTED
BACK SOUTH...CLOSER TO OR EVEN SOUTH OF THE 12Z GFS.

ENSEMBLE LOW PLOTS OF THE ECMWF/CMC/GEFS SUPPORT SOMETHING CLOSER
TO THE 12Z GFS BUT THERE IS SOME SUPPORT FOR THE 12Z ECMWF/UKMET.
THE 12Z UKMET DOES APPEAR TO BE TOO QUICK WITH THE SURFACE LOW BY
LATE FRI NIGHT INTO OHIO AND SURROUNDING AREAS. CONFIDENCE IS
REDUCED GIVEN THE CONVECTIVE INGREDIENT IN THIS SETUP ACROSS THE
DAKOTAS AND ITS POTENTIAL INFLUENCE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A
SURFACE LOW.


UPPER TROUGHING MOVING FROM THE GREAT LAKES ACROSS THE NORTHEAST
COLD FRONT SINKING SWD THROUGH THE EAST COAST STATES
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
PREFERENCE:  12Z GFS...12Z ECMWF COMPROMISE
CONFIDENCE:  AVERAGE

THE 12Z NAM ENDS UP ON THE DEEPER END OF THE GUIDANCE CONCERNING
THE 500 MB TROUGH EVOLVING IN THE WRN ATLANTIC BY THIS WEEKEND
WHICH CAUSES THE NAM TO BE ON THE SOUTH SIDE WITH A COLD FRONT
SINKING THROUGH THE SERN STATES. WHILE THE OTHER MODELS SUPPORT A
NON-NAM CONSENSUS...THE 12Z GFS AND 12Z ECMWF MAKE UP A DECENT
COMPROMISE WITH GOOD SUPPORT FROM THE ENSEMBLE MEANS.


WEAKENING MID-LEVEL DISTURBANCE LIFTING NEWD FROM THE SOUTHWEST
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
PREFERENCE:  12Z ECMWF
CONFIDENCE:  AVERAGE

THE 12Z NAM...12Z GFS AND 12Z UKMET HAVE TRENDED SLOWER WITH THIS
FEATURE AS IT CROSSES THE ROCKIES...WITH THE MOST RECENT SUITE OF
GUIDANCE SHOWING A TIMING SPREAD BY FRI EVENING. THE UKMET AND 12Z
CMC ARE FASTEST...WITH THE 12Z ECMWF SHOWING THE LEAST RUN TO RUN
SPREAD...WITH THE 12Z/20 ECMWF FALLING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LATEST
SPREAD.


UPPER TROUGHING ACROSS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
PREFERENCE:  12Z NAM...12Z GFS...12Z ECMWF COMPROMISE
CONFIDENCE:  AVERAGE

THE UKMET/CMC END UP MUCH FASTER WITH THIS UPPER TROUGH...OR AT
LEAST MORE BROAD IN SCALE...BY SAT MORNING. THE NAM/GFS/ECMWF SHOW
GOOD AGREEMENT WITH EACH OTHER AND HAVE SUPPORT FROM THE ENSEMBLE
MEANS.


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