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…
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