Noticed a major difference in the pre-storm environment at 17Z, just before convective initiation, between the TPW and LAPS products Total Precipitable Water Products. AllSkyLAP Total Precipitable H20 was observing ~1.25″ at 17Z whereas the Avd. Blended TPW observed ~0.7″ at 17Z. A special 17Z sounding observed 0.9″. While AllSkyLAP ‘looked’ more realistic from a mesoanalysis standpoint, the sounding was closer to the Adv. Blended TPW product. Would like to see more sounding verification between the 2 products.