Weather Tidbits: Numerical Weather Prediction
The 5th & last forecast type or numerical weather prediction is checked out in this Weather Tidbits. NWP is forecasting the weather based upon the solutions of mathematical equations by high speed computers; which create weather models. The forecast models predict the weather reasonably well 4-6 days out in the future. They also tend to do a better job predicting jet stream patterns and temperatures, over precipitation. It’s weaknesses involve imprecise equations in the atmosphere & inaccuracy due to gaps in data some locations due to limited weather observations. However, the NWP is considered the best forecast type of the 5.