New Developments: The NWU-WRF: Online and Operational

The Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) is an advanced, community driven, and open source weather model that can be used for both operational forecasting and meteorological research at a variety of scales. Along with The NWU-Lekwena Radar, The NWU-WRF puts the North-West University Potchefstroom at the forefront of numerical weather prediction research in Africa, as the only university running an in-house, student driven operational weather radar and an operational numerical weather prediction model. Read more about WRF on the official user page.

Radar Status: ONLINE

To learn more about the radar and how to interpret the image click here

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Click on “layer” to open radar overlay or refresh your browser if the map box is missing


Detailed storm characteristics

Detailed storm characteristics is availible by clicking on the red polygon, or the black storm track. It is usefull to examine the static image below to see where interference is wrongly identified, and tracked, as a storm by the algorithm. Refresh your browser if the map box is missing.

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The NWU-Lekwena Radar and The NWU-WRF is a test bed for students to learn and develop creative solutions related to weather forecasting and now-casting. This means that the radar and model can be switched off for maintenance or it could be broken on purpose in the name of learning. The radar and model should not be used as a tool to make any severe weather alerts as the South-African Weather Service is the only credible institution to do this. The products created here should only be viewed as a tool for the development of young scientists and something interesting to look at.