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Greenwich Mean Time:
12:00 UTC = 14:00 CEST
Maximum wind velocity of convective wind gusts
The method of Ivens (1987) is used by the forecasters at KNMI to predict the
maximum wind velocity associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms. The
method of Ivens is based on two multiple regression equations that were
derived using about 120 summertime cases (April to September) between 1980 and 1983.
The upper-air data were derived from the soundings at De Bilt, and
thunder by synop stations were used as an indicator of the presence of
The regression equations for the maximum wind velocity (wmax
) in m/s
to Ivens (1987) are:
- if Tx - θw850 < 9°C
- wmax = 7.66 + 0.653⋅(θw850 - θw500 ) + 0.976⋅U850
- if Tx - θw850 ≥ 9° C
- wmax = 8.17 + 0.473⋅(θw850 - θw500 ) + (0.174⋅U850 + 0.057⋅U250)⋅√(Tx - θw850)
- Tx is the maximum day-time temperature at 2 m in K
- θwxxx the potential wet-bulb temperature at xxx hPa in K
- Uxxx the wind velocity at xxx hPa in m/s.
The amount of negative buoyancy, which is estimated in these
by the difference of the potential wet-bulb temperature at 850 and at 500 hPa,
and horizontal wind velocities at one or two fixed altitudes are used to estimate
the maximum wind velocity. The effect of precipitation loading is not taken into
account by the method of Ivens.
Numerical weather prediction uses current weather conditions as input into mathematical models of the atmosphere to predict the weather. Although the first efforts to accomplish this were done in the 1920s, it wasn't until the advent of the computer and computer simulation that it was feasible to do in real-time. Manipulating the huge datasets and performing the complex calculations necessary to do this on a resolution fine enough to make the results useful requires the use of some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. A number of forecast models, both global and regional in scale, are run to help create forecasts for nations worldwide. Use of model ensemble forecasts helps to define the forecast uncertainty and extend weather forecasting farther into the future than would otherwise be possible.
Wikipedia, Numerical weather prediction, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_weather_prediction
(as of Feb. 9, 2010, 20:50 UTC).