WeatherFlow offers our customers the opportunity to view many different models. Why so many? We want you to have the same tools that professional meteorologists use to make a forecast. Each model has different strengths. Meteorologists are trained to know how each model acts for certain atmospheric situations. By watching and comparing these models, you can determine and choose which one is best for your particular area or situation. Here's a look at a selection of our available models to help you choose which one is best for your application.
These models take a lot of computing power because they resolve the features on a small scale. Consequently, the models operate in small areas and short time frames. Use these models when looking for information for small features such as beaches and for the short term.
WF-WRF - WeatherFlow Weather Research and Forecasting Model - A Weatherflow exclusive. This model is available to our premium customers in limited areas. The resolution varies from 1 to 9km. We use our own proprietary network of sensors to seed the model which enables the model to initialize much closer to reality than other high-resolution algorithms. WF-WRF is currently run out up to 40 hours, 4 times daily. This is a great model to use to identify where localized sea breezes will develop.
WF-WRF NOTE: Our own WF-WRF Forecast model has distinct boundaries, which you can see when looking at our various Forecast Map and Live Wind features. The WF-WRF model is our own in-house forecast model, with tuning and boundaries that we believe produce the best possible forecasts for key coastal locations around the US (and in a few select locales in Mexico and Canada). Because high-resolution models are expensive to run, we conserve resources by sticking to the boundaries shown in the map below:
- White outline: 1 km resolution
- Gold outline: 2 km resolution
- Purple outline: 3 km resolution
- Red outline: 6 km resolution
- Blue outline: 9 km resolution
WRF - The Weather Research and Forecasting Model - Is the product of a multi-agency and university collaboration. We deliver this to you with a 5 km resolution for the continental United States and the surrounding coastal regions.
HRRR - High Resolution Rapid Refresh - Is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) operational weather prediction system comprised of a numerical forecast model and an analysis/assimilation system to initialize the model. It is run with a horizontal resolution of 3 km. The model is run over the CONUS every hour of the day; it is integrated to 48 hours for the 00/06/12/18 UTC cycles and to 18 hours for every other cycle.
ARW 5km - Hawaii Model - It is another model run by UCAR incorporating several different models in an attempt to get better accuracy in Hawaii and Alaska. The higher resolution at 5km is thought to allow this model to better pick out the intricacies of the islands.
NAM - North American Mesoscale Model - This is a short-range model and is delivered on WeatherFlow products in a 3km and 12km resolution for the next 48 to 84 hours. It is run 4 times daily and is only available across North America and surrounding coastal regions. Typically, the first 48 hours are very accurate.
ICON - Icosahedral Nonhydrostatic Weather and Climate Model - The ICON modeling framework is a joint project between the German Weather Service and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. It is run four times daily (00Z, 06Z, 12Z, 18Z) and produces forecasts for up to 84 hours.
GFS - Global Forecast System - It is run four times daily (00Z, 06Z, 12Z, 18Z) and produces forecasts up to 16 days in advance. It is run at roughly 50km resolution. However, the spatial and temporal resolution is reduced as the model is further out in time. The forecast produced beyond day 7 is generally not very accurate. It produces a forecast for every 3rd hour for the first 180 hours.
CMC - Environment Canada Global Model - This model will give you a forecast for all points on the globe. The resolution is approximately 100km resolution and runs out 138 hours.
WW3 - Wavewatch III 0.5 Deg - Through a collaborative effort with NOAA/NCEP and NWS Honolulu, the University of Hawaii has implemented a global-scale Wavewatch III (WW3) 7-day model with a 5-day hourly forecast at approximately 50-km or 0.5-deg resolution. The global model is forced with NOAA/NCEP's Global Forecast System (GFS) winds.