Session 7B.8 Supplemental NWP for the Hydrometeorological Testbed Project

Wednesday, 27 June 2007: 3:45 PM
Summit B (The Yarrow Resort Hotel and Conference Center)
Paul Schultz, NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO

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The Hydrometeorological Testbed (HMT) project is a NOAA activity aimed at developing observation and modeling strategies for high-impact hydrological events. The current field phase of HMT is focused on the American River Basin (ARB) above Sacramento, CA. The ARB is on the windward (westward-facing) slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and precipitation that falls there is the primary water supply for a substantial portion of the agricultural Central Valley of California, as well as the city of Sacramento.

The role of the Global Systems Division (GSD) of ESRL is to provide real-time numerical model support to complement the NAM, RUC, and GFS services provided by the National Weather Service. In particular, HMT provides a platform to test the quality and value of multiple high-resolution mesoscale models (i.e., various configurations of the WRF model) and ensemble postprocessing methods to generate unbiased quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPF) and well-calibrated probabilities of precipitation (PQPF) in excess of multiple thresholds.

This winter marks the second season of GSD participation in the HMT project. In the first season, also conducted in the ARB, the model forecasts and verifying precipitation observations from several IOPs were used to retrospectively test various combinations of physical parameterizations, intializations, and lateral boundary sources to optimize the ensemble makeup. This was also the process for computing the weights on the ensemble members which were used in real time for this winter's operations.

This talk focuses on ensemble modeling strategies for specific regional phenomena, using the HMT experience along with the results from other fields projects to guide the development of tailored numerical predictions systems.

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