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Weather Forecasting and Analysis
Have you ever watched a weather report on television and wondered how meteorologists come up with their forecasts? They often use words and phrases like computer models, long-range forecast, upper-level maps and radar images. This chapter will help you understand some of the methods, modeling and maps meteorologists employ to predict what the weather will be like tomorrow or even several days from now. These video lessons will help you understand things like:
- Types of forecasting methods
- What procedures are used to forecast the weather
- How meteorologists decide forecasts are reliable
- What maps and images are used to analyze the weather
|Identifying & Describing Weather Forecasting Methods & Types||Study forecasting methods and types, such as persistence, computer and statistical forecasting.|
|Weather Forecast Procedures and Products||Explore the phases in numerical modeling and medium-range and long-range forecasting.|
|Weather Forecast Assessment & Verification||Discuss the various ways in which forecasts are assessed and verified.|
|Types of Weather Maps and Images||Examine weather maps and images, such as surface maps, upper-level maps, satellite images and radar images.|
1. Identifying & Describing Weather Forecasting Methods & Types
Humans have been trying to predict the weather for a very, very long time. So, what methods have we come up with? In this lesson, we'll look at four different methods of weather forecasting and see how each is used to predict the future.
2. Weather Forecast Procedures and Products
There are many ways to forecast weather, depending on how far into the future you're looking. In this lesson we'll explore three major forecasting procedures and see how they're applied.
3. Weather Forecast Assessment & Verification
Weather forecasting is a difficult science, and like all sciences we want to test the accuracy and reliability of our techniques. So, we need to verify our results. In this lesson we will examine basic methods of forecast verification.
4. Types of Weather Maps & Images
Ever think that weather forecasters just make up their predictions? While they don't always get it right, weather forecasters have a great deal of information at their disposal, as this lesson demonstrates.
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