GRIB Model

NBM Oceanic (National Blend of Models)

Provider:National Weather Service, NOAA (USA)
Model scope:Atlantic, North America, Pacific
Update frequency:every 12 hours
Resolution:0.09°, 5.4nm, 10.0km
Model duration:39 forecasts starting at 0 hr, ending at 11 days
Parameters:wind, probabilistic wind
GRIB model date:Mon Sep 24 12:00:00 2018 UTC
Download date:Mon Sep 24 20:37:21 2018 UTC
Download delay:8hr 37min

About the National Blend of Models

The National Blend of Models (NBM) is an interesting suite of models, well worth considering as you evaluate weather systems.

The following is from an online description of the NBM:

The National Blend of Models (NBM) is a nationally consistent and skillful suite of calibrated forecast guidance based on a blend of both NWS and non-NWS numerical weather prediction model data and post-processed model guidance. The goal of the NBM is to create a highly accurate, skillful and consistent starting point for the gridded forecast. This new way to produce NDFD grids will be helpful providing forecasters with a suite of information to use for their forecasts. The NBM is considered an important part of the efforts to evolve NWS capabilities to achieve a Weather-Ready Nation.

The NBM model is currently at version 3.0, with a v3.1 upgrade expected in Sept 2018.

The quoted text above mentiones that both NWS and non-NWS models are blended into the NBM.

The list of model inputs, for version 3.0 of NBM, is:

(This list of inputs will expand in the planned v3.1 upgrade.)

The blending process

The word blend in NBM represents the key feature of this model. A wide variety of models are blended into the NBM final result. This blending process has been shown to improve the skill level present in the individual models.

Cliff Mass, an Atmospheric Science professor at the University of Washington, has published a presentation describing the blending process, referred to as MOS. The presentation is an interesting read, if you want to understand some of the techniques that may be present in the NBM blending process.

The blend in the NBM is different from an ensemble model in two major ways.

  1. first, the blending in the NBM does not use simple averaging, and Prof. Mass’s paper talkes about how this may work, in some detail. The blending in NBM is much more sophisticated than a simple average, and it is able to improve the skill of the result as well as retain detail in the data.

  2. secondly, the input models to the blend are from a wide variety of sources, both from NOAA and from outside of NOAA. For example, models from both Canada and the US Navy are included as elements of the blend. Both high resolution regional models and global models are considered. In a way, the NBM is a meta-ensemble, an advanced blending of other ensemble (and non-ensemble) models

NBM Oceanic

There are four NBM models available, with NBM Oceanic having by far the largest domain, covering most of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, down to 20° south at a 10km resolution.

Recall that most of the global weather models, such as GFS and CMC GDPS offer a 0.25° resolution. 0.25° is roughly 28km, so the Oceanic domain of the NBM is almost three times the resolution of comparable global models.

While NBM Oceanic is not a global model, it covers a very interesting domain at a finer resolution than has been previously available.

The Oceanic data is also interesting in that it presents probabalistic wind information. Rather than simply presenting a single value for its wind parameters at a point, this model presents five wind speeds with associated probabilities. By examining the spread of these wind speeds, you can make determinations on the certainty of the result.

NBM Oceanic is a weather forecast model which is able to express the degree of certainty it has in its results. This is a crucial difference between this model and all other models.

A short tutorial is available, describing the NBM Oceanic probabilistic data in some more detail.

This is a new resource for the weather community to consider. Feedack is welcome on how useful you find this model.

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