Benefits and Impacts

High Impact Weather

Solution Areas

Hurricanes and extreme precipitation events can devastate lives and property. Dramatic storm surge and flash flooding caused by these events sustain the assault long after the weather moves out. But successfully communicating the risks of storm surge risk to the public, although crucial for preventing more loss of life and property damage, is tricky. Even the best forecasting fails if the public doesn’t understand the consequences. Our scientists are teaming with our partners and local communities to improve messaging through animated graphics, clearer wording used by the media for alerts, and public education.
FINECAST® NOWCASTING SYSTEM

FINECAST® serves a wide range of meteorological applications, such as severe-weather nowcasting, wind-power prediction, and hazardous-chemical detection, to name only a few. The true value of the model is that it can produce these analyses in mere minutes, delivering timely results to decision makers, forecasters, and utility managers. 

Hillside neighborhood in California engulfed in a wildland fire Wildland Fire Weather-Behavior Support

We develop tools that predict the behavior of wildfires to help firefighters, local authorities, and resource managers direct their efforts more effectively. Tactically placing firefighting personnel, equipment, and promptly notifying the public saves property, lives, and livelihoods.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Hurricanes get all the press. Everyone wants to know their track and intensity, and if and when to evacuate. Broadcast, print and social media... more
Quantifying the Impacts of Weather and Climate

From very local short-term decisions about whether or not to pour concrete to broader decisions of when to plant or harvest a field, this report demonstrates how weather can have positive or negative effects on economic activity.

Developing an Improved Flood Prediction System

A configuration of WRF-Hydro® was adopted by the National Weather Service in 2016 as the operational NOAA National Water Model (NWM) which continuously forecasts hydrologic risk across the continental United States and is seen as the future of national water prediction. The National Water Model configuration of WRF-Hydro® is in its second operational version and has expanded its forecasting capability to Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Great Lakes regions.

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

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.

DICast® integrates meteorological data and generates forecasts at user-defined sites and lead times. A single consensus forecast from the set of individual forecasts is generated at each user-defined forecast site based on a processing method that takes into account the recent skill of each forecast module. Generating Automated, Timely, Accurate Forecasts Globally 10 Days Out

This technology has become a core prediction capability of several commercial weather companies including The Weather Channel, WSI, Schneider Electric, and Global Weather Corporation generating 10s of millions in business revenue for these companies.

LOGICast™ is being used as a core forecasting technology by commercial weather companies. Leveraging this system, other applications now include road temperature forecasts along an entire roadway, and soil temperature forecasts for agriculture. Producing High-Quality Weather Forecasts in Remote Regions

LOGICast™ is being used as a core forecasting technology by commercial weather companies. Leveraging this system, other applications now include road temperature forecasts along an entire roadway, and soil temperature forecasts for agriculture.

Tropical Cyclone off Brazil Courtesy of NASA To Flee or not to Flee? Online access to retrospective and demonstration model evaluations to allow wider dissemination to the hurricane community. A Category 2... more
Research that reaps results April 27, 2012  •  There hasn’t been a single U.S. airline flight downed by wind shear in more than 15 years. That’s no accident. It’s the result of... more