The Weather Archived and Visualization Environment (WAVE): Progress Report and Plans (309)

Daniel Nietfeld, NOAA/OAR/ESRL/GSD, Boulder, CO

Bill Rasch, NOAA/NWS/WFO Sacremento




The Weather Archive and Visualization Environment (WAVE) Project was born out of the operational needs of National Weather Service WFO forecasters and Science and Operations Officers (SOOs). WAVE was developed by WFO operational meteorologists to fill gaps in what their operational software provides and what was operationally needed to: Perform Impact-based Decision Support Services (IDSS) Perform day-to-day forecasting duties involving new and/or experimental data sets Review archived meteorological data in a case-study fashion Enhance training opportunities

WAVE is web-based and has the advantages of being flexible and portable. Quick changes to the data ingest, user interface, and graphical displays can be achieved with little effort and in minimal time. The system can incorporate any dataset that is available, and is a convenient way to put experimental data in the hands of forecasters (e.g., ensemble runs from research entities). The graphical output can be customized for high-quality IDSS graphics, thus streamlining the IDSS workflow at WFOs. There are numerous advantages to WAVE, and this presentation will highlight the benefits of the project, as well as some technical details that illustrate the current status of WAVE. A status update will be provided, including a progress report on enhancements to WAVE by NOAA/OAR/ESRL/GSD.