AVN MOS PRECIPITATION TYPE GUIDANCE
February 3, 2000
- Conditional probability of freezing precipitation, where freezing precipitation is defined as freezing
rain, freezing drizzle, ice pellets, or any combination of weather with any one of the previous events.
- Conditional probability of frozen precipitation, where frozen precipitation is defined as pure snow or
- Conditional probability of liquid precipitation, where liquid precipitation is defined as rain, drizzle,
thundershowers, or any mixture of snow and rain or drizzle.
All three predictands are valid on the hour every 3 hours from 6 to 72 hours after the initial time of the
0000 and 1200 UTC AVN model runs. The predictands were derived from the present weather reports in
the hourly surface observations.
- •Model predictors included temperatures, wetbulb temperatures, thicknesses, temperature advections,
and u and v winds throughout the troposphere; transformations of the 1000-850 mb thickness, 850 mb
temperature, and 2-m temperature; and a predictor that classified the vertical temperature profile in
terms of whether or not the atmospheric structure is conducive to freezing precipitation.
- •Observed predictors included temperature, the average of the temperature and dewpoint, and three
binaries based on the present weather that represented freezing/no freezing, frozen/no frozen, and
liquid/no liquid. All of these variables were valid 3 hours after the initial model times. Observational
predictors were included for projections of 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 hours. For those same projections,
secondary equations were also produced that did not contain observed predictors. These equations are
used when observations are not available operationally.
- •Geoclimatic predictors included the monthly conditional relative frequencies of freezing, frozen, and
Developmental Sample: Forecast equations were developed using data from the following dates:
Sep. 16, 1997 -> May 15, 1998
Sep. 16, 1998 -> May 15, 1999
Sep. 1, 1997 -> May 31, 1998
Sep. 1, 1998 -> May 31, 1999
Test Sample: In order to evaluate the proposed MOS system, we divided the developmental sample into
two parts: a dependent sample used to develop test forecast equations, and an independent sample on
which to evaluate the forecasts made by the test equations. We chose an 88 day independent test period
for verification consisting of:
Oct. 16 -> 31, 1998
Nov. 16 -> 30, 1998
Dec. 16 -> 31, 1998
Jan. 16 -> 31, 1999
Feb. 16 -> 28, 1999
Mar. 16 -> 31, 1999
Verification: The P-scores for the operational NGM MOS, primary AVN MOS, and secondary AVN
MOS precipitation type probability forecasts will be shown at the February 3 CAFTI meeting, and are
available on the Web at www.nws.noaa.gov/tdl/synop/results.htm Results were computed for both the
0000 and 1200 UTC model cycles for projections from 6 to 72 hours after the initial model runs. The P-scores for 283 sites in the CONUS and Alaska combined show that the new AVN MOS precipitation type
guidance is comparable in accuracy to the operational NGM MOS guidance at all projections. For the
0000 UTC cycle, the AVN MOS is as accurate if not more accurate than the NGM MOS at virtually all
projections beyond 30 hours.