Our New Forecasting Tool

2014-11-18 00:16:00.000 – Michael Kyle, Weather Observer/IT Specialist

 

This week the observatory is proud to accept a friendly IT donation from the NH-based firm PaulMarv Software (www.paulmarv.com) of their industrial weather model analysis software: ATMOGRAPH ModelVis. Our observers will be able to sharpen their forecasting accuracy by examining the raw weather model data forecast output in AtmoGraph’s patent-pending 3D globe mapping environment, as opposed to relying on older methods of weather model display which are unable to zoom into the fine local resolution which forecasting in the White Mountains requires. AtmoGraph also allows us to customize maps with a variety of data, allowing us to look at several combinations of meteorological variables for various different elevations of the atmosphere.

AtmoGraph software runs on any modern Windows computer and gives meteorologists faster access to every public weather model than any other source, interfacing directly with NOAA servers through the observatory’s microwave internet uplink. We can now take a detailed look at local, high-resolution models (such as the new HRRR model) to see accurate wind speed and temperature model forecasts which account for the rapid differences in elevation around the Presidential Range – whereas less precise models such as the NAM or GFS tend to “smooth over” unique topological effects such as Mt. Washington itself. Point-based sampling features display precise values on and around the Mt. Washington summit, which is not possible with traditional static online model data images.

We’re very excited to be adding Atmograph to our forecasting tools. Hopefully soon you will be able to see the benefits of this generous donation in our forecasts. If you are meteorologically inclined, check out for yourself at www.atmograph.com.

Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/AtmoGraph

 

Michael Kyle, Weather Observer/IT Specialist

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