Thursday, March 12, 2020

U.S. Weather Modeling: Why We Should Be #1

From Dr. Cliff Mass' excellent blog where he answers the question, "Why Should the U.S. strive to be #1 in weather modeling?"

The obvious answer is that better weather computer modeling will lead to better forecasts and storm warnings. But, here is a point he makes about which I wasn't aware:
[The US is] is spending five to ten times as much as the European Consortium or the UK (the two best modeling organizations in the world). For that price we should be the best. Unfortunately, we are currently wasting huge amounts of resources with a large number of redundant efforts. That needs to change. The U.S. taxpayer is already paying to be the best, they might as well get their money's worth.

I heartily agree with both of these reasons.

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