THE USE OF COMPUTING SYSTEMS FOR TERMINAL AND REGIONAL METEOROLOGICAL FORECASTING CAN BE COST EFFECTIVE

This article describes the Regional Meteorological Forecast Information (RMFIS), which is the result of the combining of the real-time meteorological data management systems in use at several major Canadian airports with the results of research in the field of computer processing of atmospheric data conducted at McGill so as to produce a system capable of providing all the real-time processing necessary to manage the airport meteorological data gathering and display functions, with the added advantage of providing assistance to forecasters and staff meteorologists through additional meteorological forecasting and data analysis capabilities. Among these capabilities: analysis of digital weather radar data to allow the delineation of probable rain areas using the color-enhancement capability and the automatic tracking of weather systems from a time history of satellite images. Weather radar data can also be analyzed to give automatic, high precision, terminal precipitation forecasts in the 0-3 hour range. Other capabilities include the computer plotting of radio wind (sonde data on standard thermodynamic diagrams (tephigrams), and the calculation of stability, state of sea and other indices. The system is cost effective, since it is a high speed one which can perform data-management function while leaving substantial processing time for other functions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Civil Aviation Organization

    Attn: Document Sales Unit, 999 University Street
    Montreal, PQ  Canada  H3C 5H7
  • Authors:
    • Whitney, D B
    • AUSTIN, G L
    • Hamblin, A J
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 16-20
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183873
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM