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Weather and Forecasting (WAF) publishes research that can lead to improvements in operational forecasting. This includes papers on significant weather events, forecasting techniques, forecast verification, model parameterizations, data assimilation, model ensembles, statistical postprocessing techniques, the transfer of research results to the forecasting community, and the societal use and value of forecasts.

2016 Impact Factor: 2.178 (#42 in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science1)

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words or 26 double-spaced pages of text. (Abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures do not count toward the length limit.)  
  • Expedited Contributions: Up to 2500 words (abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures do not count toward the length limit). No more than a combined total of 6 figures and tables. Multipart papers are not allowed. The peer-review and production/editing processes are accelerated. Author revisions are due within 4 weeks. The expected publication time is 4–7 weeks after final acceptance. If the paper grows beyond the maximum length or figure/table criteria during review and revision, the editor will decide if it remains an expedited contribution or becomes a regular article. Also, if the paper requires a second round of reviews, it will be considered a regular article.
  • Comment and Reply Exchange: Comments are written in response to a published article and should be submitted within 2 years of the publication date of the original article (although the editor can waive this limit in extenuating circumstances). The author of the original article has the opportunity to write a reply. These exchanges are published together. 

  • NCEP Notes: Report on changes to the suite of operational numerical models and postprocessing techniques.
  • Forecaster's Forum: Opinions about forecasting problems and experiences that are of general interest to forecasters.


1 2016 Journal Citation Reports® by Thomson Reuters. Ranking out of 83 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.