The map below shows the results of the UAF/ERA reanalysis for mean November-March precipitation over the interior, just as in the earlier map for the CFSR data (also included below). Note that the shaded boxes represent the native resolution of the model in the case of the CFSR, but I've interpolated to a finer grid in the case of the UAF/ERA data. The actual resolution of the UAF model runs was 20km, compared to about 30km for CFSR.
It's interesting to note the dramatic differences between the two reanalysis products, which highlights the tremendous uncertainties in the output from these models. The UAF/ERA precipitation shows very much less sensitivity to the relatively modest terrain features of interior Alaska, but it does show a pronounced maximum on the south slopes of the western Brooks Range. The high precipitation from Kaltag and the southern Nulato Hills south along the Yukon River is one of the best points of agreement between the models, which supports the original idea that Kaltag is one of the snowiest lowland locations in the interior.
The upper Tanana River valley is strangely moist in the UAF/ERA data, as there is little sign of the precipitation minimum that we know is observed in that area. The chart below shows the same point-by-point comparison that I showed earlier, but including the UAF/ERA results. Northway and Gulkana are both much too wet in the UAF/ERA output, and consequently the overall correlation to the observed values for these 8 locations is lower than for the CFSR data. My next step will be to assess the performance of the two models in terms of the interannual variability of winter precipitation at these locations.