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> Sunset-Sunrise Forecasting, Forecasts and OBS for Sunsets and Sunrises
post Apr 12 2016, 10:50 AM
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In case you haven't seen it yet... Here's a good Article on How To Avoid Boring Sunsets | FiveThirtyEight. Mentions the new forecasting tool.

Looks like it's gaining steam because people are sending in photos and it's actually verifying pretty darn good, plus it's different!

I bet photographers are all over that.

From the article...

" SunsetWx’s underlying data is the 4 km NAM, or the North American Mesoscale Forecast System, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (SunsetWx relies on the GFS, or Global Forecast System, for its international predictions.)

Moisture, pressure, cloud cover and other factors are put through the algorithm, and the final output looks just like a colorful weather map. But in this case, warmer colors don’t mean warmer weather but rather a more vibrant sunset. The most important factor, according to the team, is high clouds. Those provide the moisture that refracts the sunlight, and they act as a kind of movie screen onto which that light is projected."

Here's tonights sunset forecast

Not good for the Northeast. The front isn't going to fully clear by sunset. However behind the front and parts of the Mid Atlantic looking good. Brighter colors = better sunsets. SE Missouri and Southern IL looking great for it.

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This post has been edited by NorEaster07: Apr 12 2016, 10:52 AM
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