Advances in Earth Science ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (7): 731-746. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2019.07.0731

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Application and Verification of Joint Probability Method in Potential Forecast for Severe Convective Weather in Anhui Province

Yuejia Zhu 1( ),Rui Xing 2,Mingjia Zhu 3,Dongyong Wang 1,Xuexing Qiu 1   

  1. 1. Anhui Meteorological Observatory, Hefei 230031, China
    2. Tianjin Binhai New District Meteorological Bureau, Tianjin 300457, China
    3. Anhui Weather Modification Office, Hefei 230031, China
  • Received:2019-03-08 Revised:2019-05-18 Online:2019-07-10 Published:2019-07-29
  • About author:Zhu Yuejia (1986-), female, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, Engineer. Research areas include ensemble post-processing. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    ect supported by the Anhui Meteorological Bureau Special Project for Forecasters “Potential forecast for severe convective weather in Anhui Province based on joint probability method”(kY201507);The China Meteorological Administration Infrastructure Project "National ensemble forecasting operational system construction(Phase I)

Yuejia Zhu,Rui Xing,Mingjia Zhu,Dongyong Wang,Xuexing Qiu. Application and Verification of Joint Probability Method in Potential Forecast for Severe Convective Weather in Anhui Province[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2019, 34(7): 731-746.

In consideration of large uncertainties in severe convective weather forecast, ensemble forecasting is a dynamic method developed to quantitatively estimate forecast uncertainty. Based on ensemble output, joint probability is a post-processing method to delineate key areas where weather event may actually occur by taking account of the uncertainty of several important physical parameters. An investigation of the environments of little rainfall convection and strong rainfall convection from April to September (warm season) during 2009-2015 was presented using daily disastrous weather data, precipitation data of 80 stations in Anhui province and NCEP Final Analysis (FNL) data. Through ingredients-based forecasting methodology and statistical analysis,four convective parameters characterizing two types of convection were obtained, respectively, which were used to establish joint probability forecasting together with their corresponding thresholds. Using the ECMWF ensemble forecast and observations from April to September during 2016-2017, systematic verification mainly based on ROC and case study of different weather processes were conducted. The results demonstrate that joint probability method is capable of discriminating little rainfall convection and non-convection with comparable performance for different lead times, which is more favorable to identifying the occurrence of strong rainfall convection. The joint probability of little rainfall convection is a good indication for the occurrence of regional or local convection, but may produce some false alarms. The joint probability of strong rainfall convection is good at indicating regional concentrated short-term heavy precipitation as well as local heavy rainfall. There are also individual missing reports in this method, and in practice, 10% can be roughly used as joint probability threshold to achieve relative high TS score. Overall, ensemble-based joint probability method can provide practical short-term probabilistic guidance for severe convective weather.

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