In the quality of computer models used for weather forecasting says Dr. Cliff Mass of the University of Washington.
I generally agree with Cliff’s analysis but want to put a couple of items into perspective.
- It is generally agreed the U.S. has the worst weather on earth. So, we have to spend more on radars, meteorologists to man the radars, etc., than other nations.
- Canada spends less on launching weather balloons than other nations. The computer models cannot make forecasts that are more spatially accurate than the scale on which we measure the weather.
- The Obama Administration has proposed cutting out the wind profiler network altogether which is used to provide the data for the models. Again, you get more accurate forecasts than the scale on which we observe the atmosphere.
I am a big fan of the National Weather Service’s and their mission of serving the public. There are many, many dedicated people in the NWS. But, I’m concerned about the direction of the NWS these days for a number of reasons.