ECMWF makes more data freely available to WMO Members

Since becoming a World Meteorological Centre (WMC) in May 2017, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has substantially increased the amount of weather prediction data it makes available free of charge to WMO Members. The additional data enables a more comprehensive view of atmospheric conditions as predicted by ECMWF, including near-surface weather conditions, and will help users make better assessments of weather-related risks out to day 10.

Registered national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) have been able to access the new data since 2 July 2018. Additional fields are available for both probabilistic and deterministic forecasts. Users can now assess the probability of more than 1 mm and 5 mm precipitation in 24-hour periods out to 10 days ahead. This information can be complemented with precipitation information based on the high-resolution forecast that is now available at 6-hour intervals. They can also access 6-day forecasts of 2-metre temperature and 10-metre wind.

All forecasts of weather variables are now provided at 6- or 12-hour time steps instead of 24-hour time steps.

The new products also include additional ocean wave forecast fields (peak wave period and mean zero-crossing wave period), with all wave forecast products provided at 3- or 6-hour time steps.

Together, these changes help to provide forecasters in the NMHSs of WMO Members with the information they need to carry out their operational activities.

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