Outreach Programs at WFO Wakefield
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The Cooperative Observers Climatological Network was created in 1890.
The program is currently administered by the National Weather Service.
One of our responsibilities is to take meteorological observations which
are used to record the climate conditions of the United States. The National
Weather Service relies heavily on a cast network of cooperative weather
observer volunteers to achieve this objective. The National Weather Service
determines where observations are needed and furnish standard meteorological
instruments to individuals who volunteer their time to take and record
daily observations of the weather. Currently there are about 8000 published
volunteer observing stations operated by individuals. All cooperative observers
submit a monthly report summarizing daily weather observations. These contributions
to the NWS mission are invaluable. At Wakefield, we monitor stations in
East-Central Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina and the Lower Maryland
If you would like to find out more about the National Weather Service's Cooperative
Observer Program, click here or here to visit the Cooperative
Observing Program Homepage at the National Weather Service Training Center
Interested in joining the CoCoRaHS network?
Virginia and Maryland are now members of the CoCoRaHS Precipitation Network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, CoCoRaHS aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.
Click here to read more about joining the CoCoRaHS network!
Research with Universities and Other Government Agencies
The Wakefield Weather Forecast Office (WFO) is currently engaged in
a multi-year study with the University of Virginia to provide a statistical
quantification of mixed precipitation events in the Middle Atlantic region,
specifically the state of Virginia.This study will focus on mixed precipitation
events occuringin conjunction with cold air damming and coastal frontogenesis.
The funding for this cooperative project is provided by COMET. For more
informationon COMET click here.
The Wakefield Weather Forecast Office (WFO) is also engaged in a multi-partner
study to provide mesoscale forecasts for the Chesapeake Bay region. This
study involves the implementation of the Local Analysis and Prediction
System (LAPS) for theChesapeake Bay and the implementation of the RAMS
model to provide mesoscale forecasts of winds and waves on the Chesapake
Bay. The LAPS portion of the study will cover data assimilation of various
data sources (Buoy Obs, Surface Obs, Profiler Data from Aberdeen Proving
Ground, WSR-88D base velocity and spectrum width data and local mesonets
such as the 4-Winds network). The implementation of the RAMS mesoscale
model is the forecast portion of the study. The RAMS model will provide
forecasts of winds, waves and water levels for the Chesapeake Bay as well
as atmospheric parameters out to 24 hours. The horizontal resolution of
the forecasts is expected to be at 5 to 10 KM resolution.
Some of the partners involved in the study are.....
The National Ocean Service
The Air Resource Laboratory in Washington,D.C.
The National Weather Service
office in Sterling, VA.
The Forecast Systems Laboratory
The Wakefield Weather Forecast Office (WFO) is also engaged in research
into regional forecast issues pertinent to the southeastern United States
and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Most of this research has been spearheaded by the Weather Forecast
Office (WFO) in Raleigh, North
Carolina with a considerable amount of collaboration with North Carolina
State University (NCSU). Some of the key forecast issues addressed in this
Precipitation type using partial thicknesses
Climatology of Mixed Precipitation events
in the Mid-Atlantic region
The Spectrum of Cold Air Damming in the
Cold Fronts Aloft, Gravity Waves and Mesoscyclones
in the southeastern United States
WFO Wakefield has worked extensively with Dr.
Steve Koch to develop a Gravity Wave Tutorial Home Page for the joint NWS-NCSU
Workshop on Cold Fronts Aloft, Gravity Waves and Mesocyclones in the southeastern
United States which was held in Raleigh, N.C. August 11-12, 1998.
Click here to access the
Gravity Wave Tutorial
The research indicated above is conducted by several other offices in
the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States. Some of the offices involved
WFO Raleigh, N.C.
WFO Blacksburg, VA
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