Upcoming Mesoscale Branch Implementations


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RTMA/URMA v2.6, PCPANL v3.0 Implement “GLERL adjustment” to coastal obs near Great Lakes; Add cloud cover, cloud ceiling analysis, unified terrain for OCONUS; 15-minute CONUS RU-RTMA output; Add dew point, wind, ceiling and visibility to airport listings for FAA; Hourly URMA for ConUS and Puerto Rico (requirement from MDL/NBM); Add significant wave height analysis; start use of UrbaNet observations; Loosen obs QC tolerances on mesonet temperature and moisture; Add min/maxRH analysis (all domains); Use EMC/GFE unified terrain and land/sea mask for OCONUS domains; Hourly QPE from Puerto Rico; For CONUS: currently the Stage IV hourly does not cover Northwest RFC and CA/NV RFC domains (due to lack of hourly input). For this implementation, use the hourly gauge-corrected MRMS to dis-aggregate the 6-hourly QPE from Northwest RFC and CA/NV RFC into hourly amounts, then combine them with the hourly QPEs from the other 10 RFCs, to cover the entire CONUS. Fall 2017
RAPv4/HRRRv3 Upgrade to WRF 3.8.1; extend 00z/06z/12z/18z runs to 36-h; Alaska HRRR; upgrade MYNN PBL and surface physics; improve surface data and cloud assimilation; enhancement of land-sfc model Spring 2018
RTMA/URMA/RU-RTMA v2.7, PCPANL v3.1 Improve RU-RTMA product latency; Begin using mesonet vis and CLARUS QC’d obs; Expand ceiling and sky analysis to OCONUS (obs permitting); Introduce provider-specific obs QC. Improve C&V analysis; Fill gaps in precip analysis near CONUS coastlines; Update background error for closer fit to data when first guess is highly variable; Remove legacy coarse-res grids; Update AK terrain. Discontinue AK QPE. Spring 2018