SPoRT-MET Scripts Transitioned to Kenya Meteorological Service

Jonathan Case of NASA/SPoRT and Dr. Ashutosh Limaye of NASA/SERVIR traveled to Nairobi, Kenya this week to collaborate with the Kenya Meteorological Service (KMS; see figure below).  The goals of this visit were to learn more about KMS operations, transition the SPoRT-Model Evaluation Tools (MET) verification scripting package for operational use at KMS, and to demonstrate initializing the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model with high-resolution Land Information System (LIS) land surface fields.  Mr. Case and Dr. Limaye worked closely with Mr. John Mungai and Mr. Vincent Sakwa of KMS to install and test the SPoRT-MET scripting package during the course of the visit.  Installation and testing of the SPoRT-MET scripts were successful for generating surface point and gridded precipitation verification statistics, including the generation of graphical “quick plots” using embedded Perl utilities.  Mr. Mungai and Mr. Sakwa indicated the high utility that this verification system will provide KMS to improve operational efficiency through routine, automated verification of WRF model forecast accuracy, as well as other models the KMS uses in-house for which they have access to GRIB files.  SPoRT and SERVIR will continue collaborating with KMS representatives to ensure automation of SPoRT-MET capabilities, and to offer additional enhancements to the KMS-WRF, such as future real-time vegetation data to improve LIS and WRF simulations.

Jonathan Case of SPoRT and Dr. Ashutosh Limaye of SERVIR work with John Mungai and Vincent Sakwa of the Kenya Meteorological Service to install and test the SPoRT-MET scripts for conducting automated model verification.

Jonathan Case of SPoRT and Dr. Ashutosh Limaye of SERVIR work with John Mungai and Vincent Sakwa of the Kenya Meteorological Service to install and test the SPoRT-MET scripts for conducting automated model verification.

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