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Assessing the spatial and temporal variation in the skill of precipitation forecasts from an NWP model

Roberts, N. (2008) Assessing the spatial and temporal variation in the skill of precipitation forecasts from an NWP model. Meteorological Applications, 15 (1). pp. 163-169. ISSN 1469-8080

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/met.57

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It is becoming increasingly important to be able to verify the spatial accuracy of precipitation forecasts, especially with the advent of high-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. In this article, the fractions skill score (FSS) approach has been used to perform a scale-selective evaluation of precipitation forecasts during 2003 from the Met Office mesoscale model (12 km grid length). The investigation shows how skill varies with spatial scale, the scales over which the data assimilation (DA) adds most skill, and how the loss of that skill is dependent on both the spatial scale and the rainfall coverage being examined. Although these results come from a specific model, they demonstrate how this verification approach can provide a quantitative assessment of the spatial behaviour of new finer-resolution models and DA techniques.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:31224
Publisher:Royal Meteorological Society

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