Accession Number : ADA255668


Title :   Super-Micro Computer Weather Prediction Model


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 17 May 1988-30 Nov 1991


Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV LOWELL DEPT OF EARTH SCIENCES


Personal Author(s) : Seitter, Keith L ; Colby, Jr , Frank P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a255668.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 78


Abstract : A meso-beta scale numerical model is described that is designed specifically for operational use on relatively small computers. A major aspect of the model is that it treats the boundary layer as a single model layer of known structure whose depth can evolve during the integration. The model equations are recast in a coordinate system, referred to as boundary-layer coordinates, based on the depth of the evolving boundary layer. The model described here does not include condensation processes, but it does include a radiation parameterization, schemes governing the structure of the stable and unstable boundary layers and the transitions between these regimes, and parameterizations for the fluxes of heat and moisture between the boundary layer and the earth's surface. Simulations have been carried out with a prototype model that has five layers and 20 km resolution in the fine grid mesh of its nested domain. The results of these simulations show that the model is capable of reproducing such mesoscale phenomena as mountain lee waves and the Florida sea-breeze circulation fairly well. Results are also presented of some preliminary simulations for the complex terrain of southern New England that demonstrate the need for carefully prepared terrain fields in numerical models.


Descriptors :   *WEATHER FORECASTING , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION , TEMPERATURE , COORDINATES , NUMERICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES , MOISTURE , FLORIDA , NEW ENGLAND , AIR WATER INTERACTIONS , HEAT , EARTH SURFACE , MODELS , COMPUTERS , BOUNDARY LAYER


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE