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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)

Submission Types

  • 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:
    Due to the improvement in AMS overall production time, new Expedited Contributions can no longer be submitted after 31 December 2017. You can read more about this decision in the AMS editorial, "AMS Discontinuing Expedited Contribution Article Type."
    Up to 2500 words (abstract, references, figure captions list, tables, and figures do not count toward the length limit). No more than a combined total of 6 tables and figures. No length waivers can be requested for this submission type. 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.

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Gary Lackmann, North Carolina State University


Brian C. Ancell, Texas Tech University

Matthew J. Bunkers, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office Rapid City

Karen A. Kosiba, Center for Severe Weather Research

Lynn McMurdie, University of Washington

Zhaoxia Pu, University of Utah

Yuqing Wang, University of Hawai‘i at M?noa

Associate Editors

Stephen W. Bieda III, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office Amarillo

Michael J. Brennan, NOAA/NWS National Hurricane Center

Kristin M. Calhoun, University of Oklahoma and NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Jacob R. Carley, IMSG, NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

Chia-Jeng Chen, National Chung Hsing University

Adam J. Clark, NOAA/OAR/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Johannes Dahl, Texas Tech University

Casey Davenport, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Julie Demuth, National Center for Atmospheric Research

David Dowell, NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory

Brian Etherton, NOAA/ESRL/Global Systems Division

Alexandre O. Fierro, CIMMS/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Jeffrey Frame, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Henry Fuelberg, Florida State University

Lewis Grasso, Colorado State University

Steven J. Greybush, The Pennsylvania State University

Nathan M. Hitchens, Ball State University

Israel L. Jirak, NOAA/NCEP/Storm Prediction Center

Daryl Kleist, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

Matthew Kumjian, The Pennsylvania State University

Dan Lindsey, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch

Kelly Lombardo, University of Connecticut

David R. Novak, NOAA/NWS/Weather Prediction Center

Corey Potvin, CIMMS and NOAA/OAR/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Chris Robbins, iWeatherNet, LLC

Glen Romine, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Craig Schwartz, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Tracy Lorraine Smith, NOAA/ESRL/GSD/Environmental Modeling Branch

Ryan Sobash, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Brian H. Tang, University at Albany, State University of New York

Richard L. Thompson, NOAA/NCEP/Storm Prediction Center

Christopher Wikle, University of Missouri

Raymond A. Wolf, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office Davenport

Liguang Wu, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

Peer Review Support Staff

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to Gary Lackmann

Hayley Charney, Assistant to Lynn McMurdie

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Yuqing Wang

Alejandro Mazariegos, Assistant to Karen Kosiba and Zhaoxia Pu

Megan Valcour, Assistant to Matthew J. Bunkers

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Brian C. Ancell

Production Staff

Hollis Baguskas, Lead Technical Editor
Gary Gorski, Lead Copy Editor
Rex Horner, Author Submission Support

1 2016 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 83 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.