Optimizing the Use of Model Data Products

Optimizing the Use of Model Data Products

After completing this portion you will be able to:

  1. State an advantage of using each of these nonconventional display approaches: a) vertical level sequencing of plan views of a key parameter, and b) time-height sections.
  2. Explain why diagnostics such as frontogenesis are more sensitive than basic fields such as 500 hPa height to the resolution of the model output when different output resolutions are available for the same model run.
  3. Describe under what conditions soundings interpolated from a gridded model dataset (such as viewed in AWIPS) are sensitive to the resolution of the model output, again when different output resolutions are available for the same model run.
  4. Describe 2 types of situations when raw model soundings show crucial information not properly depicted in soundings interpolated from standard post-processed grids.
  5. Use 3 types of data on non-standard coordinate surfaces to obtain forecast insight into a situation.
  6. Given a forecast situation, identify what information is gained by viewing data hourly.