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Real – Time MADAM : Pan Am and ParaPan Am Forecast

ESSE Post Doc (Zhan Li) and 4th-year undergraduate student (Zheng Qi Wang) are working with The Weather Network on a joint project with ESSE (Principle Investigator, Professor Yongsheng Chen) to run real-time weather forecasts for southern Ontario during the Pan Am and ParaPan Am games (July 10-26 and Aug 7-15). The forecast model is WRF, adapted to assimilate radar and radar wind profiler (The York-Western OQ-Net) data in real-time. The model is run every hour to generate hourly forecasts out to 12 hours. A display of simulated radar forecasts indicating rainfall rates and locations is available at,

This pilot study is the first ESSE/TWN attempt to run an independent weather forecast model in real-time. Earlier tests indicated benefits from assimilating data from our OQ-Net wind profilers.


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