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New, exclusive FOX Model a game changer in short term weather prediction for tracking tropical systems

The FOX Forecast Center has officially launched the FOX Model, an exclusive high-resolution forecasting model that uses the latest computer technology. FOX Weather.

“This is a game-changer for us,” said FOX Forecast Center executive meteorologist Mike Rawlins. “And now we’re investing in new technology to make the model run faster and at a higher resolution, improving our prediction accuracy every day.”

New servers will process the data faster than ever, giving FOX Weather viewers an exclusive first look at approaching storms, according to Rawlins.

Thanks to the expertise of meteorologist Jim Weber Bee FOX 13 Tampa and the resources of TempoQuestInitially developed to predict hurricanes more accurately, this model will guide the FOX Forecast Center through other extreme weather events.

FOX Weather has made additional investments in the exclusive FOX model that will result in more computing power, faster data processing and more detailed, high-resolution information for the FOX Forecast Center.

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Future improvements will also allow the FOX model to shift its coverage area on the fly to focus on other parts of the country experiencing severe weather. And the FOX Forecast Center can tailor the model’s calculations to the most pressing weather event in the forecast, whether it’s a tropical system, a December winter storm over the plains, or a severe weather outbreak in Tornado Alley.

Countless computer models run on tropical systems many times a day. Weather observations from ground locations, higher balloons, satellites and aircraft, such as NOAAs hurricane huntersgive the models information about what is happening now.

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“Because it’s our model, we can really tailor this model to what we’re looking for,” said FOX 13 Tampa meteorologist Jim Weber, who created the FOX model. “In this case, we’re looking at the tropics, and we’re looking at tropical systems. And so we tune the physical properties of this model to look at tropical systems and we do a really good job of predicting that.”

FOX Weather will also enter its data into the model.

“Through pilot reports and just regional observations that we get, we can push those right into the model to help improve that forecast,” Weber said.

The FOX model will run four times a day and predict up to 84 hours.

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