NWP Essentials: Precipitation and Clouds

NWP Essentials: Precipitation and Clouds

After completing the lesson, you will be able to:

  1. State the primary purpose of microphysical and convective parameterisation schemes in NWP models and the forecast variables directly impacted by them.
  2. Describe the differences between simple and complex cloud microphysics schemes.
  3. Adjust sensible weather forecast variables such as 2-m temperature when an NWP forecast contains cloud errors resulting from misforecast mesoscale convective features.
  4. Adjust forecasts to take into account the impacts of over- and underactive convective schemes on NWP forecasts.
  5. Identify the advantages of complex microphysics schemes in depicting precipitation features.
  6. Identify the elements in NWP models that have the most significant impact on precipitation forecasts in large-scale models.