Tropical cyclone forecast verification
Tropical cyclone short-period forecast verification
The links below show the forecast verification for all tropical cyclones during the last few seasons. The 'Observed and forecast tracks' links show forecast tracks for individual tropical cyclones accompanied by comments on the Met Office global model performance. The 'Seasonal verification reports' links show the global model's performance over the season as a whole. The 'Forecast error graphs' links show the long-term trend in track forecast errors since 1988 for various ocean basins.
For verification statistics from seasons earlier than those presented here please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on current tropical cyclones go to the Tropical cyclones warnings and guidance page.
Observed and forecast tracks (includes currently active seasons)
|Southern hemisphere 2018-19||Northern hemisphere 2018||Southern hemisphere 2017-18||Northern hemisphere 2017|
Seasonal verification reports (produced after the end of each season)
|Northern hemisphere 2018||Southern hemisphere 2017-18||Northern hemisphere 2017||Southern hemisphere 2016-17|
Forecast error graphs
|Northern hemisphere||North-west Pacific||North-east Pacific||North Atlantic||North Indian|
|Southern hemisphere||South-west Indian||Australian|
Tropical cyclone tracking and forecast verification method
The method used to track tropical cyclones and verify forecasts in Met Office models is available in this publication:
Heming, J.T., 2016. Tropical cyclone tracking and verification techniques for Met Office numerical weather prediction models. Meteorological Applications.