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Volume 16, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5229–5241, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5229-2016
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5229–5241, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5229-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Research article 27 Apr 2016

Research article | 27 Apr 2016

Downscaling surface wind predictions from numerical weather prediction models in complex terrain with WindNinja

Natalie S. Wagenbrenner et al.

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We investigated the ability of WindNinja to improve wind predictions in complex terrain. Predictions are compared with surface observations from a tall, isolated mountain. Results show that WindNinja is capable of capturing important local-scale flow features induced by mechanical and thermal effects of the underlying terrain and incorporating those terrain-driven flow features into coarse-scale weather forecasts in order to improve near-surface wind predictions in complex terrain.
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