ECU awarded grant to improve long-term forecasting

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Long-term forecasting could improve, thanks to a study at East Carolina University.

Professors and students in ECU's Department of Geography, Planning and Environment are taking an in-depth look at weather patterns in the southeastern United States, thanks to a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Improving the understanding of these weather patterns and the mechanisms that drive them could improve long-term forecasting, with implications for things like agriculture and tourism.

The study will take a look at rainfall from isolated thunderstorms, and widespread rain from large systems like fronts and tropical storms.

Over the next three years, they'll be studying the springtime transition between those two dominant patterns in an effort to better understand and predict long-term regional precipitation.

The project will also look at how regional precipitation could be affected by global changes like a warming climate.