Forecasting in Colorado

Paul Schlatter

Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service Denver/Boulder Weather Forecast Office

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019, 11:00 am
DSRC Room 2A305


Have you ever wondered why the weather forecast can seem to be so far off? Pick your favorite weather element: snow, rain, temperature. Chances are you've noticed an inaccurate forecast in the past year. Forecasting the weather in Colorado poses unique challenges most places in the U.S. never have to consider. This talk will focus on the forecast process in Colorado, explaining how the unique terrain complicates the process for the computers that generate forecasts, and for the humans that interpret, modify, then communicate the forecast. It will also provide recent weather event case studies from the local area, highlighting the reasoning behind the poor forecasts for high impact weather events such as winter weather, hail, tornadoes, and flash flooding.


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