CAPS produces realtime high-resolution weather analyses and forecasts throughout the year and enhanced forecasts during the spring storm season.

Ensemble Forecasts for Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) & HMT

Between May 2 and June 3, 2016, CAPS is producing 24-member, 3-km-resolution, WRF-ARW  and NMMB Storm-Scale Ensemble Forecasts (SSEF) for the full continental U.S. (CONUS) domain, assimilating radial velocity and reflectivity data from over 140 WSR-88D radars and other available observations using the single-time (non-cycled) ARPS 3DVAR with complex cloud analysis system. The daily 60-hour-long forecasts (some ARW and all NMMB members run 36-h) are initialized at 00 UTC (7pm CDT). These forecasts are produced on NSF Xsede Supercomputer Stampede of TACC, a Dell C8220 supercomputer system, at the University of Texas at Austin. This system is referred to as '3DVAR-based ensemble'. Between June 20 and July 22, a 15-member SSEF is produced to support the 2016 HMT FFaIR experiment.

Separately, cycled GSI + ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) data assimilation is performed on the same 3-km CONUS grid. The 40 member ensemble is initialized at 1800 UTC each day, and assimilate the RAP/HRRR GSI data stream hourly (1900-0000 UTC) with all WSR-88D radar data over a one-hour period (2300-0000 UTC) at 15 minute intervals. A total of 13 forecasts of 60 hour long are produced from the final 0000 UTC analyses using WRF-ARW. These forecasts are produced using another NSF XSEDE supercomputer, Darter a Cray XC30, operated by NICS at the University of Tennessee. This system is referred to as 'GSI+EnKF-based ensemble'.

Additional details can be found in the 2016 CAPS HWT Spring Experiment Plan Document.

Analyses and Forecasts for CASA Dallas-Fort Worth Testbed

CAPS is producing realtime 400-m-resolution low-level wind analyses that are updated every 5 min for CASA Spring Experiment. Available CASA and other sources of data are going into the analyses. Furthermore, up to 2-hour-long Very-Short-Range NWP forecasts at a 1-km resolution are produced every 20 minutes when active weather exists within the CASA Oklahoma network. CASA analysis and forecasts are produced on OSCER's Boomer system at the University of Oklahoma, using nearly 2000 processor cores.

High-Resolution Hurricane Forecasts

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