Polar lows are generally short-lived but intense events that occur over cold ocean waters, poleward of a baroclinic zone. The polar low in this case formed over the open waters of Ungava Bay, in northeastern Canada, on 2 December 2000. The case is presented as a series of challenging forecast questions followed by a more traditional case study presentation. Included in this exercise is a rich set of data products and access to background materials on polar low forecasting.
1. Recognize the synoptic scale precursors of polar lows
2. Recognize the low-level surface features that are conducive to the development of polar lows
3. Recognize the development of a polar low from observations. Identify polar lows using satellite imagery
4. Understand the limitations of model initialization and output for polar low forecasting
5. Apply understanding of polar low steering mechanisms to a tracking forecast
polar lows, Ungava Bay, cold air vortices, case study, high latitude forecasting
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