Media availability on major U.S. weather model upgrade

June 10, 2019
A curtain of rain falls from dark clouds during an evening storm near Ransom, Kansas.

On June 12, weather forecasters throughout the United States will begin using an upgraded version of the country’s flagship weather forecast model, the Global Forecast System, when it is officially placed into operations. This is the first major upgrade in almost 40 years to the model’s dynamical core, which is a key model component that computes wind and air pressure for successful numerical weather prediction.

NOAA’s acting administrator will provide a brief overview about the model upgrade and plans for further improvements. Scientists from NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory will also be available to answer questions about the new dynamical core and ways in which it will improve weather forecasts.


Telephone Media Availability

Wednesday, June 12, 11:00 a.m. EDT


  • Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., Acting NOAA Administrator

  • Brian Gross, Ph.D., Director, NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center

  • Lucas Harris, Ph.D., Physical Scientist, NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

This media availability is for credentialed reporters only.

  • In the U.S.: 888-566-6184
  • International: 1-517-308-9126
  • Passcode: WEATHER

For one-on-one interview requests after the teleconference please contact Lauren Gaches to make arrangements at 202-740-8314.

Media contact
Lauren Gaches