5.2 Snow to Liquid Ratios: What Tools Can I Use?

Friday, 23 June 2017: 9:30 AM
Salon III (InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza)
Thomas E Downs V, WeatherBELL Analytics, New York, NY

One of the most difficult tasks facing a meteorologist is to determine the average snowfall to liquid ratio during a winter storm. Advances in computer modeling and display systems have made other weather events easier to both forecast and explain to the viewer. However, the forecaster's judgment still plays a large role in snowfall forecasts. Different methods of predicting snow to liquid ratios will be discussed and a case study will be shown using the different methodologies, identifying which is preferred in certain circumstances.
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