Developing a State-of-the-Art Research and Operational Weather Forecasting Model

Challenge: 

Developing weather prediction models is time consuming and complex. Rapid progress requires a community of developers and a framework for integrating and testing the improvements to ensure skill and moving the improvements to operational forecast centers.

Solution: 

Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF).  WRF is a next-generation mesoscale numerical weather prediction system designed to serve both atmospheric research and operational forecasting needs. The development effort in the late 1990s was a collaborative partnership principally among NCAR, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the University of Oklahoma, and the FAA.

Benefits: 

The model serves a wide range of meteorological applications across scales from tens of meters to thousands of kilometers. WRF has thousands of users around the world.