Abstract

We present a description of the development of the spectral forecast components of the Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System (NOGAPS). The original system, called 3.0, was introduced in January 1988. New versions were introduced in March 1989 (3.1) and August 1989 (3.2). A brief description of each version of the forecast model is given. Each physical parameterization is also described. We discuss the large changes in 3.1 and the motivation behind the changes. Statistical results from forecast comparison tests are discussed. Figures showing the total monthly forecast performance in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere are also given. A brief discussion is presented of computational details, running times, and memory requirements of the forecast model.

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