Poster Session P2.14 Scale-dependent precipitation forecast error in the GFS

Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Summit C (The Yarrow Resort Hotel and Conference Center)
Chungu Lu, CIRA/Colorado State Univ. and NOAA/ESRL/GSD, Boulder, CO; and H. Yuan, S. E. Koch, E. Tollerud, J. A. McGinley, and P. Schultz

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Precipitation forecasts from the National Center for Environmental Prediction's (NCEP) Global Forecast System (GFS) are verified against satellite precipitation observations. The satellite observations are from UC-Irvine's PERSIANN satellite data products, which provide a 6-hourly precipitation total on a 0.25x0.25 degree grid for a global domain excluding high latitudes (> 50 degree south and north). The GFS model forecasts come from a standard archive of 1x1 degree with daily aggregated precipitation.

RMS errors between GFS and PERSIANN satellite observations are computed for 2005-2006. Then these errors are averaged for summer (April-September) and winter (October-March) seasons, respectively. A 2D spatial-wavelet decomposition is applied to these RMS errors, resulting in a scale-dependent distribution of GFS precipitation forecast errors. In particular, we have analyzed the GFS precipitation forecast errors at a large scale [~O(1000) km] and at a smaller near-convective scale [~O(100) km]. These analyses provide guidance for how and where GFS should improve its data assimilation and physical parameterization for precipitation forecasts at different scales.

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