Sunday, December 17, 2017

Accessing ECMWF Forecasts

The European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) produces the leading medium range forecast model and ensemble prediction system in the world.  However, their products are generally paywalled and I am unable to access them freely for real-time applications (Note: They do generously provide their products for research applications that are not real time, which we greatly appreciated). 

As a result, weather weenies and hobbyists who want to examine the ECMWF forecasts have typically had to pay for a subscription.  However, is now providing access to ECMWF forecast graphics without such a subscription.  Below, for examples, is the 5 day forecast valid 000 UTC Friday 22 December. 

I don't know how long this jailbreak will last, so enjoy while you can. 

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