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Computer Models
This undergraduate meteorology tutorial from Texas A&M University focuses on computer models that are run by the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and are used for forecasting day-to-day weather in the United States. NCEP has four basic models: the Eta Model, the Nested Grid model (NGM), the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC), and the Global Forecast System (GFS). Each model is a self-contained set of computer programs, which include means of analyzing data and computing the evolution of the atmosphere's winds, temperature, pressure, and moisture based on the analyses. Students are given some basic terminology and learn to identify the models and to read model output.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1996-1998 Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Meteorology Department and Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon. All rights Reserved. The modules are copyrighted, but are otherwise provided free of charge. They may be freely reproduced for noncommercial use, provided that the copyright notices are retained.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-765
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Prof John W. Nielsen-Gammon
Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Contributor: Mr John Douglas Fulton
Sandia National Laboratories

Publisher: Prof John W. Nielsen-Gammon
Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences