Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 8, 419–428, 2001
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-8-419-2001

Special issue: Quantifying Predictability

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 8, 419–428, 2001
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-8-419-2001

  31 Dec 2001

31 Dec 2001

Skill prediction of local weather forecasts based on the ECMWF ensemble

C. Ziehmann C. Ziehmann
  • Nonlinear Dynamics Group, Institute of Physics, Potsdam University, Germany

Abstract. Ensemble Prediction has become an essential part of numerical weather forecasting. In this paper we investigate the ability of ensemble forecasts to provide an a priori estimate of the expected forecast skill. Several quantities derived from the local ensemble distribution are investigated for a two year data set of European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) temperature and wind speed ensemble forecasts at 30 German stations. The results indicate that the population of the ensemble mode provides useful information for the uncertainty in temperature forecasts. The ensemble entropy is a similar good measure. This is not true for the spread if it is simply calculated as the variance of the ensemble members with respect to the ensemble mean. The number of clusters in the C regions is almost unrelated to the local skill. For wind forecasts, the results are less promising.