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The hunt for cold - Model discussion (late November)


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If you're hunting for cold potential in the model output, this thread is for you. But if you'd like to look more widely at the models, please head over to the general model discussion thread.

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9 minutes ago, northwestsnow said:

Well its that time of year when iactually don't mind the 12 hour night shift- gulp!

I get to sneek out and watch the 00z runs before everyone else ?

Big EC coming up!!

It’s that time of year where the 4.30am alarm absolutely sucks because it means I have to miss the 18z! We’re an odd bunch aren’t we ?

Would be nice to see the ECM upgrade this morning too so we get a full house!

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Meant to post this last night  but some forecasters saying mild Christmas. At this range ,about any thing could turn up ,strange year weather wise so far ,snow in the forecast tomorrow , STORMY with i

I'm sorry for being off topic but I'm sure mods will forgive me for this one. Very sorry to hear you're missing your wife, this time of year can be especially hard and you can't just switch off that s

I love having the FV3 now.  There used to be that dead time between the end of the GFS and the start of the ECM where I had to talk to the wife.  Not any more ?

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3 minutes ago, Steve Thexton said:

FV3?? guys for us mere mortals ?

 

Look at all that lovely cold air just to our east on the RV3, won't take much for that to edge westwards surely.?

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6 minutes ago, Steve Thexton said:

FV3?? guys for us mere mortals ?

 

It is the soon to be GFS. Currently called the GFS parallel or GFS(p) if trials go well it will replace GFS in Feb or March. So far it’s outperforming the current GFS so very likely that it will.

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Think that any cold spell down the line with start with a huge Uk high as suggested by a couple gfs ensemble members but still looking pretty phenomenal in terms of prospects at this point in the year and anyone who is angry or upset has far too high expectations. 2010 was a one off.

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6 minutes ago, Steve Thexton said:

FV3?? guys for us mere mortals ?

 

FV3, stands for Finite Volume Cubed, is the parallel version of the GFS, expected to take over in Jan 2019, it verifies well and we like it if it suggests snow.  Seriously, it is a significant upgrade to the US weather model.

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27 minutes ago, Mike Poole said:

Think it is time to call the FV3 as in the slider category, here T162:

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And it turns out I have made a complete Horlivka of a prediction. .

What on earth is a Horlivka?  I typed Horlicks! 

FV3 didn't slide, here T204:

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We await the ECM...

Horlivka is a city in Ukraine. 

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More information about the Finite-Volume-Cubed model can be found here, ? 

https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/fv3/

Some people refer to it as the GFS Parallel. 

Must admit, found Mike Poole’s explanation with the part about snow, rather amusing! 

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Since we’re back on the topic I think I will expand on what I said before.

In my experience with a continental flow I generally find the following conditions are the most important for a good chance of  precipitation to fall as snow. 

Dew point below 0°C 

T925 below 0°C 

T850 below 0°C (<-2°C preferable). 

T2m below 4°C 

500-1000 thickness can usually be ignored. 

 Wind off-shore if near coast. 

Light surface winds and heavy precipitation give you a great advantage and sometimes  a little leeway beyond the above margins. 

If T950/T925/t900 is below 0 but T850/T800 is not then ice pellets/freezing rain/rain will result depending upon the depth of the frozen boundary layer. 

 Also bear in mind the continent is not yet very cold so this method might not work at this time of year, however I am sceptical as to whether this will make much difference. I suspect it would only affect the very bottom of the boundary layer up to say 950 mB. 

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4 minutes ago, feb1991blizzard said:

Yes, i was just thinking the FV3 in deep FI was looking a bit Jan 1987ish  -  only a teeny weeny bit though.

Getting the perfect synoptics in the UK is like baking a good cake, we usually lack the ingredients, but right now they are all there and for the taking, it's not just hints and clutching at straws for something to turn up. Will we have something really tasty turn up by early December, It seems to me that we are in a far better position this year for something special. November is pushing it a bit for a decent cold spell, but by early December its definitely game!

Come on ECM, you can come out trumps!??

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3 minutes ago, shaky said:

Am gona stick my neck out and say this is gona end up like gfs regardless of everyones excitement on the 120 and 144 hour chart!!watch that low turn into a football lol!!

No football on ECM T168, in fact I'm struggling to think of a game you could play with an object that looks like that!

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