NCEP is developing the capability to run the SmartInit code in house with the full native level model output as a starting point. Temperatures, dew points, and winds are corrected based on terrain differences between the 12 km native topography and the 5 km topography. Other fields such as cloud cover and probability of precipitation are computed based on algorithms, with the later using a combination of forecasted precipitation from the NAM and SREF.
These downscaled data sets will be available to help populate forecast grids as well as serve as a first guess for the Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis (RTMA) over Alaska and Puerto Rico. Bias correction will also be applied with the goal of developing a NAM MOS look-alike product.