S117 Comparison of Texas A&M WRF convection-allowing forecasts with other high-resolution models

Sunday, 10 January 2016
Hall E ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Armani L. Cassel, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and J. P. McCarthy and C. J. Nowotarski

The Weather Research and Forecast Model running at Texas A&M University was established in the 2015 Summer Student-Operational ADRAD Project (SOAP) and operates with a 3-km resolution from 12-km North American model initial conditions. As a new implementation of WRF, comparisons must be made to add perspective to its abilities. Within TAMU WRF model runs, qualitative and quantitative comparisons are made between itself and computer models like the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model for notable types of weather events in Texas. The relative performance of each model will be assessed through comparisons to local observations. Storm modes for record flooding rains in Houston and storm track for Tropical Storm Bill are examples of cases used to assess the model forecasts of high-impact events.
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