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  • Forecasts
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Heading Key:
NCPO: National Centers for Environmental Prediction - Operational Global Forecast System
NCPE: National Centers for Environmental Prediction - Ensemble Global Forecast System
NCFS: National Centers for Environmental Prediction - Climate Forecast System

UKMA: United Kingdom Meteorology Office - Operational Control Run
UKME: United Kingdom Meteorology Office - Ensemble System

ECMF: European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting - Ensemble System

BOMA: Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Global Analysis and Prediction Control Run
BOME: Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Global Analysis and Prediction Ensemble System
BOMC: Australian Bureau of Meteorology - POAMA Coupled System

CMET: Canadian Meteorology Centre - Ensemble System

CPTC: Brazil Centre for Time and Climate Studies - Ensemble System

JMAN: Japan Meteorology Agency - Global Spectral Model Ensemble System

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  • Model Comparison Methodology Specifics
The methodology for the creation of the phase space plots above follows closely to that described in Wheeler and Hendon (2004) (hereafter WH2004). A notable difference between WH2004 and the procedure employed here is that the linear removal of the ENSO signal (related by the BMRC SST1 index) is not performed. After discussion among the MJOWG members, it was decided that this step was not necessary as the subsequent removal of the 120-day mean is sufficient to remove much of the interannual signal.
The table below summarizes the data requested by the MJOWG for the operational centers. For additional details regarding the data and methodology, see the document link below the table. This document includes background information and motivation for this activity along with directions for interested operational centers who wish to participate in this project.
Fields OLR, u850, and u200 totals (anomaly fields optional)
Initial analysis, forecasts of all ensemble members, out to no more than 40 days
Resolution 2.5 in longitude (0, 2.5E. 5.0E, Daily averaged (00-24Z))
Update Frequency Daily, or less for those systems run at a reduced frequency
Additional data during initial transfer (i.e., send analysis data for past 120 days)
Format ASCII
Further Information -- Working Group on Numerical experimentation (WGNE) Letter

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  • Verification
*** Please Note: Images below are examples at the current time. Realtime versions of equivalent or similar figures are expected within the next 6-12 months ***
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  • References
Wheeler M. and H. Hendon, 2004: An All-Season Real-Time Multivariate MJO Index: Development of an Index for Monitoring and Prediction, Monthly Weather Review, 132, 1917-1932.
Gottschalck, J., M. Wheeler, K. Weickmann, D. Waliser, K. Sperber, F. Vitart, N. Savage, H. Lin, H. Hendon, M. Faltau, 2008: Madden-Julian Oscillation Forecasting at Operational Modelling Centres. CLIVAR Exchanges, 13, October 2008.
Goswami, B.N., Wheeler, M. C., Gottschalck, J. C. and Waliser, D.E., 2008: Intraseasonal Variability and Forecasting: A Review of Recent Research. The Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons, IWM-IV, 20-26 October 2008, Beijing, China.

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