Weather Research and Forecasting Model
The basis of MeteoGroup's daily forecasts is the global ECMWF (European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting) model supplemented by global models run by the UK Met Office and US National Weather Service (GFS). Fine tuning the forecast is aided by independent high resolution mesoscale models run by the UKMO and MeteoGroup’s in-house WRF® model.*
One of the mesoscale models used by MeteoGroup is the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF®).
WRF® is an open source model and so MeteoGroup's MRD team works with it extensively, enhancing the model and adapting it for any location on the globe, at any vertical or horizontal resolution (500m to 100km). MeteoGroup runs the model in-house, twice a day.
In topographically challenging areas and extreme weather situations such as high wind speeds or extreme convection, WRF® has a clear advantage over global models as it factors in the effects of varying landuse on the weather.
WRF® is highly flexible and has multiple uses. It is not only a tool for the forecast meteorologist but can also be used for hindcast studies, air quality studies, regional climate modelling and short term nowcasting.
*WRF® is a registered trademark of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
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