Weather and Forecasting (WAF) publishes research that can lead without appreciable delay to improvements in operational forecasting, through implementation of new forecasting techniques relevant to case studies of significant weather events, modeling approaches, and dissemination of important information to operational forecasters. The journal covers research on deterministic and ensemble forecasting and analysis techniques applied to all time scales, forecast verification and new verification approaches, and methods to better forecast major weather events. This includes submissions that report on the capabilities of the latest physics, numerics, and data assimilation approaches within numerical models, ensembles, and statistical postprocessing techniques, demonstrate the transfer of research results to the forecasting community, and illustrate the societal use and values of forecasts.
Articles – Full length, up to 7500 words or 26 double-spaced pages of text (not including abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures).
Expedited Contributions – Shorter articles with an expedited peer-review and publication cycle, limited to 2500 words (approximately nine double-spaced text pages), not including abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures, and no more than a combined total of six figures and tables. Multipart papers are not allowed. For Expedited Contributions the Editor will expedite the review process and the AMS Publications Department will accelerate manuscript preparation for publication in final form. Authors will have a deadline of four weeks to complete revisions. Expedited Contributions should be published 10 to 12 weeks after final acceptance. If the manuscript grows beyond the maximum length or figure criteria specified above during the review and revision, the Editor will decide if the paper remains an Expedited Contribution or becomes a regular article. If, however, the paper requires a second round of reviews, the contribution must move out of the expedited contributions category and will be considered as a regular article.
Comment and Reply Exchanges– Comments are written in response to a published article. The author of the article being commented upon always has the opportunity to write a reply. These exchanges are published together. Generally, comments should be submitted within two (2) years of the publication date of the original paper, although the Editor can waive this time limit based on extenuating circumstances.
NCEP Notes - Report on changes to the suite of operational numerical models and postprocessing techniques.
Forecaster's Forum - Available for readers who wish to express opinions about forecasting problems and experiences that are of general interest to forecasters.