NWS Boulder/Denver - Did You Know - Weather and Mathematics

  • Mathematical equations are used to describe basic conservation laws of physics applied to the atmosphere. These four dimensional differential equations create numerical weather prediction models of atmospheric processes ranging in size from jet streams encircling the entire planet down to tiny cloud droplets the size of a human hair! Although numerical weather prediction models are quite good at predicting the future state of the atmosphere, for a variety of reasons they are not perfect, which can leading to imperfect forecasts of the weather.   #NWSDYK
  • Forecasting is based on mathematics! Model computers do trillions of calculations/second! #NWSDYK 
  • Two of our more popular models contain well over a half million lines of computer code.   #NWSDYK

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