FY13 HWRF Implementation at NCEP: Significant Improvements in track, intensity and structure forecasts for all Northern Hemispheric Oceanic Basins
This leap-step advancement of the HWRF system paved way for further improvements in intensity forecasts, especially through implementation of regional hybrid data assimilation system proposed for 2013 hurricane season along with many other upgrades. Intensity forecast skills from 2013 version of HWRF model were found to be superior to those of statistical models and NHC official forecasts for a large sample of retrospective cases from past three hurricane seasons. Track forecast skills from HWRF were also found comparable with highly skillful NCEP Global Forecast System (GFS).
This presentation will focus on the progress accomplished at NCEP/EMC in advancing the high-resolution hurricane modeling capabilities through an unprecedented retrospective testing and evaluation of model upgrades using HFIP's dedicated computing facilities in Boulder. We will also highlight our recent efforts in expanding the scope of operational HWRF for other oceanic basins including North Western Pacific and North Indian Ocean regions.