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NWS JAX…FL Mesonet and other Technologies related to SEACOOS. …SEACOOS Spring Workshop… May 2003 Pat Welsh, WFO Jacksonville. Overview. FL Mesonet and Data Projects NOAA CSI - Associated Projects JAX: WRF Model Status A look to the future. Florida Mesonet Data Projects.

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NWS JAX…FL Mesonet and other Technologies related to SEACOOS

…SEACOOS Spring Workshop…

May 2003

Pat Welsh, WFO Jacksonville

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Overview SEACOOS

  • FL Mesonet and Data Projects

  • NOAA CSI - Associated Projects

  • JAX: WRF Model Status

  • A look to the future


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Florida Mesonet Data Projects SEACOOS

  • FAWN (UF/NWS)…21 sites (+ 11 in 2003)

    • FAWN since 1998 data now in AWIPS and LAPS analysis (NOAA FSL)

    • First “non-typical data” in AWIPS…all Florida offices.

  • COMET Project (UNF/NWS)…6 “wireless” sites

    • “Wireless JAVA/JINI Internet” sites in Duval County area

  • FDOT GPS Project (DOT/FSL/NWS)…50 sites

  • FDOT RWIS (UNF/FSU)…15 sites (June 2003)

    • Along North Florida Interstates at FDOT microwave towers

    • Research for “Intelligent Transportation System”

  • HPCC Project (NWS/UNF)…4 sites, GTMNERR

  • iFlorida (UNF/DOT) …Recently Funded (2004?)


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Why did I do this… SEACOOS

  • Ex-oceanographer at an NWS Coastal Office

  • No offshore data in 150 miles of coast

  • Marine Forecasts ???


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mesonet.ppt SEACOOS

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DOT/FSL GPS-IPWV SEACOOS…a new forecaster analysis tool

High Resolution water

Vapor measurement from

Dual-frequency GPS error

9 sites in North FL now


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Shallow Bathymetry SEACOOS

Estuarine Modeling

Coastal Buoys

Ecological Forecasting

Data Integration

Coupled Modeling

Risk Assessment

Local Outreach

Data Standards/Store

Coupled Model only NWS Project

NEW Buoy off

St. Augustine



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History of North Florida SEACOOSMesoscale atmospheric modeling

  • 1995-7 MM5 @ FSU JASBEX, CAPE studies FSU CRAY…(modeling sea breeze)

  • 1998 - USAF MM5 Florida Sector (fires) ~12 km

  • 2000 - NWS JAX Workstation ETA (beta) 10 km

  • 2002- MIA, JAX, MLB, TBW, TLH Modeling

  • 2003- JAX CSI WRF Model , MLB ARPS/ADAS

    on Linux clusters…in progress.


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Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) Model SEACOOS

Local Data- FSL LAPS added to assimilate:

WSR-88D winds

Local Surface Data (Mesonet)

Satellite clouds


How good is it?

Model Grid selection

Smaller domain than ETA

Non-Hydrostatic (CHAOS?)

Running it…

Timing for forecast use

Reliability of NCEP LBC

Verification Effort

Standard Statistics 

Feature Based 

Wind to drive CSI Estuary Model of St. John’s River

CSI Mesoscale Modeling 2003WRF with LAPS assimilation (5 km)


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CSI Domain 145x145x41 @ 5km SEACOOS


Hi rez land use

Hi rez land mask

Lakes & Rivers

4th Order Error

Mass Conserving

Better Air-Sea (?)


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Master and 8 nodes

Dual AMD 2000

2 Gig RAM/node

Red Hat 7.2

Gigabit Ethernet


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CSI WRF on Linux cluster SEACOOS

  • Communications - BIG BANDWIDTH

    • Improved bandwidth JAX & SRH ~512KB

    • huge output files ~ 450 mb/run

    • Total data/model I/O ~ 3 Gig/day

  • Required paths for LAPS/WRF output

    • LAPS Cluster bigfile to AWIPS (netCDF)

    • WRF Grib “thinned” and passed to LDAD then AWIPS will create netCDF file


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Quantifying CSI WRF Model SEACOOS

  • Primarily verification of 06Z run

    • Match to NCEP 06Z Eta and output times (00Z init)

    • Null (late) run to evaluate local data assimilation impact

  • Help from FSU and FSL

    • FSU M.S. student will do verification under Dr. Paul Ruscher

      • Comparative Local Data, NCEP and “Cold” runs

      • Standard model statistics (poor on the mesoscale)

      • Newer “feature-based” verification

      • Daily statistics with FSL and ~ 5 cases

    • June 01 Freeze and IOP for 60 DAYS… Cases?


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The Future… SEACOOS Graphical Forecasts

  • WRF Model Forecasts

    • Thin down ~ 150 mb

    • Scale -5 km match GFE

    • Interval - 3 hourly(?)

    • Grids into AWIPS

  • Share huge grids…HOW?


    • LAPS Analysis (not?)

  • GIS/PNG files to EMs


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Our hopes for 2003… SEACOOS

  • Shared data and models in Florida offices

    • Bandwidth limitations are severe

  • Data, Analyses and Models…ALL…in AWIPS

  • LAPS and ADAS Data assimilation success

    • Radar radial winds (Single or Multiple?)

    • Mesonet data (FL Mesonet and Cape?)

    • GPS-IPWV and ACARS

    • Satellite…Cloud and SST…developed locally (?)

  • Quantify success!


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Questions SEACOOS?