Weather and Forecasting

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Weather and Forecasting (WAF) publishes research that is relevant to 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. The scope of WAF includes research relevant to forecast lead times ranging from short-term “nowcasts” through seasonal time scales out to approximately two years.

2019 Impact Factor: 2.951

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words (approximately 26 double-spaced pages), including the body text, acknowledgments, and appendixes. The word limit does not include the title page, abstract, references, captions, tables, and figures. If a submission exceeds the word limit, the author must provide a justification for the length of the manuscript and request the Chief Editor’s approval of the overage. This request may be uploaded in a document with the "Cover Letter" item type or entered in the comment field in the submission system.
  • Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations. Requires Review Proposal. For more information, see Review Articles.
  • 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. 
  • Corrigenda: The corrigendum article type is available for authors to address errors discovered in already published articles. For more information, see Corrigenda.

  • 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

Benjamin Kirtman, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science

Karen A. Kosiba, Center for Severe Weather Research

Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma

Lynn McMurdie, University of Washington

Zhaoxia Pu, University of Utah

Elizabeth Ritchie, University of New South Wales

Associate Editors

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

Barbara Mayes Boustead, NOAA/NWS/Warning Decision Training Division

Michael J. Brennan, NOAA/NWS National Hurricane Center

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

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

Chia-Jeng Chen, National Chung Hsing University

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

Michael C. Coniglio, NSSL Forecast Research and Development Division

Johannes Dahl, Texas Tech University

Julie Demuth, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Alexandre O. Fierro, CIMMS/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Jeffrey Frame, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Henry Fuelberg, Florida State University

David John Gagne, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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

Hyemi Kim, SUNY Stony Brook

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

John Knaff, NOAA/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Center

Vinay Kumar, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Matthew Kumjian, The Pennsylvania State University

John R. Lawson, CIMMS, University of Oklahoma, and NOAA/OAR/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Zhan Li, The Weather Network, Pelmorex Corp.

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

Kelly Lombardo, University of Connecticut

Luke Madaus, Jupiter

Kelly Mahoney, NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division

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

Malaquias Peña, University of Connecticut

Corey Potvin, NOAA/OAR/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Glen Romine, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Craig Schwartz, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jeffrey C. Snyder, NOAA/OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory

Ryan Sobash, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Shan Sun, NOAA/ESRL Global Systems Division

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

Kimberly Wood, Mississippi State University

Liguang Wu, Fudan University

Fanglin Yang, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

Shixuan Zhang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Peer Review Support Staff

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to Gary Lackmann

Hayley Charney, Assistant to Benjamin Kirtman and Lynn McMurdie

Felicia Gullotta, Assistant to Karen A. Kosiba

Erin Gumbel, Assistant to Matthew J. Bunkers

Kerry Norton, Assistant to Zhaoxia Pu

Gwendolyn Whittaker, Assistant to Amy McGovern

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Brian C. Ancell and Elizabeth Ritchie

Production Staff

Hollis E. Baguskas, Lead Technical Editor
Andrea L. Schein, Lead Copy Editor
Liz Wright, Author Submission Support

1 2019 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics; Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.