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Quantifying the Effect of Climate Change on Midlatitude Subseasonal Prediction Skill Provided by the Tropics
  • Kirsten J Mayer,
  • Elizabeth A. Barnes
Kirsten J Mayer
Colorado State University - Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University - Department of Atmospheric Science

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Elizabeth A. Barnes
Colorado State University, Colorado State University
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Subseasonal timescales (~2 weeks - 2 months) are known for their lack of predictability, however, specific Earth system states known to have a strong influence on these timescales can be harnessed to improve prediction skill (known as “forecasts of opportunity”). As the climate continues warming, it is hypothesized these states may change and consequently, their importance for subseasonal prediction may also be impacted. Here, we examine changes to midlatitude subseasonal prediction skill provided by the tropics under anthropogenic warming using artificial neural networks to quantify skill. The network is tasked to predict the sign of the 500hPa geopotential height for historical and future time periods in the CESM2-LE across the Northern Hemisphere at a 3 week lead using tropical precipitation. We show prediction skill changes substantially in key midlatitude regions and these changes appear linked to changes in seasonal variability with the largest differences in accuracy occurring during forecasts of opportunity.