Antarctic Weather Forecasting Workshop* David H. Bromwich+# and John J. Cassano+ 1 • Introduction on the Antarctic Peninsula and Amundsen-Scott Sta- tion at the South Pole. McMurdo Station is accessible An Antarctic Weather Forecasting Workshop by aircraft from late August through mid-February, (AWFW) was held at the Byrd Polar Research Center and that is how most USAP participants arrive there. (BPRC) , The Ohio State University, from 17 to McMurdo Station is located on Ross Island, and is in 19 May 2000, to discuss the current state and future a region of complex topography that rises from sea directions for Antarctic weather forecasting, with a level to over 3000 m over horizontal distances of less particular emphasis on the United States Antarctic Pro- than 50 km. The weather in this region is significantly gram (USAP). modified by the complex terrain, and often presents forecast challenges that are not common in more tem- Accurate weather forecasts in the Antarctic are perate locations. The majority of the discussion at the critical for the safety of USAP participants and for AWF W focused on forecast problems in the vicinity efficient logistical support of USA P operations, which of McMurdo Station, but was
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 2001
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