Weather Forecasting vs. Climate Forecasting; The Imbalance

July 9, 2013

I just read a great post by Professor Cliff Mass up at the University of Washington.  By the way, sorry, but Oregon and Oregon State have no meteorology programs, that’s why I was a Husky.  Anyway, I digress.  Cliff has written a post about the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013 that was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

I sure won’t rehash the entire posting, since Cliff did such a great job.  His main point is the amount of resources (both computer power and $$$) dedicated to climate research is far higher than that for operational (daily/weekly) forecasts.  Yet we know the USA could use more accurate forecast models, observations etc…

An example:

climateversusweather2

That’s computing power for various climate modeling and research projects vs. computing power (on the far right) for the day-to-day operational weather forecasting models.  Stunning isn’t it?

Here’s the link to his post:  http://www.cliffmass.blogspot.com/2013/07/climate-versus-weather-prediction-do-we.html

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen