One of the important tools we use in forecasting are weather forecast models. There are lots of different models with a variety of information. We can look up information on potential fog, precipitation, clouds, temperature, wind, pressure, etc.
We use these as guidance when making our forecast. Learning to read the models and understand the varying parameters takes time, and practice.
Now, there is a new forecast output that many of you would be interested in, especially photographers. It's called sunset quality. This sunset forecast will show which areas of the country have the best chance to see a vivid sunrise or sunset.
You can find this information by clicking on the link in this story.
Double check the date on the top of each graphic. The first graphic will be the sunrise forecast.
The second graphic will be the sunset forecast.
There will be a date and time at the top. With all of our forecast models, everything is listed in Zulu time. So sunset time is about 22z-23z this time of the year, which is 9-10 p.m. Zulu time- and then subtract 4 hours to get eastern time. This translates to 5-6 p.m.
I've noticed the sunset forecast is usually updated around 11 a.m.
You can learn more information about the creators of this page, or about how the model works by using the tabs at the top of the page.
This forecast model weighs important criteria for sunset, including clouds and moisture.
Now just like any other forecast model- it is not perfect.
There will be days that it will be incorrect. However, I've been watching this model for about a week now and seems to do a fantastic job.