Navy: Ahoy, Weather Channel

Navy: Ahoy, Weather Channel

Cable TV's Weather Channel soon will tap into the Navy's detailed computer simulations of coastal weather conditions.

The Navy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Weather Channel of Atlanta to improve weather prediction, said Richard W. Spinrad, left, technical director of the Office of the Oceanographer for the service.

Meteorologists like to check their forecasts against the results of as many simulations as possible because it helps refine their predictions, Spinrad said.

The model that the Navy will share with the Weather Channel, called the Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System forecasts atmospheric and sea surface conditions for coastal regions. Images generated by the model are on the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center's public Web site, at www.fnmoc.navy.mil/PUBLIC.

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