UCAR Releases WRF Version 3.2

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The nice folks in the weather forecasting corners of HPC will be happy to learn that UCAR announced the official release of the Weather Research Forecast [WRF] code version 3.2.  The release includes all components of the system: WPS, WRF, WRF-Chem, and WRFDA. Other auxiliary codes, RIP4, ARWpost, WPP and obsgrid have also been updated.

The official release email on the WRF-users mailing list quotes the following new features:

  • New physics
  • Milbrandt-Yau double-moment microphysics
  • Building energy model for urban physics
  • Vegetation-height dependent thermal roughness length
  • Slope/shading effects extend to all shortwave radiation options
  • Garratt enthalpy flux formulation and dissipative heating for hurricanes
  • Nonlinear backscatter anisotropic sub-grid turbulent stress for LES
  • Wildland fire module for ARW
  • Vertical resolution refinement in ndown

For more info and a full list of all the new forecasting goodies, check out the link here.