Weather and Forecasting

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Weather and Forecasting (WAF) (ISSN: 0882-8156; eISSN: 1520-0434) 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.

2021 Impact Factor: 3.3741

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words, 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.

  • Operational Prediction System 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


John T. Allen, Central Michigan University

Stephen W. Bieda III, NOAA/NWS Office of Science & Technology Integration

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

Karen A. Kosiba, Center for Severe Weather Research

Kelly Mahoney, NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division

Lynn McMurdie, University of Washington

Corey Potvin, NOAA/OAR/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Zhaoxia Pu, University of Utah

Elizabeth Ritchie, University of New South Wales

Associate Editors

Nachiketa Acharya, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory

Alexandra Anderson-Frey, University of Washington

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

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

Victor Gensini, Northern Illinois 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

Ryan Lagerquist, CIMMS, University of Oklahoma

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

Zhan Li, The Weather Network, Pelmorex Corp.

Liao-Fan Lin, CIRA, Colorado State University and NOAA/OAR/Global Systems Laboratory

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

Kelly Lombardo, University of Connecticut

Luke Madaus, Jupiter

Maria J. Molina, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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

Malaquias Peña, University of Connecticut

Craig Schwartz, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Keith D. Sherburn, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office Rapid City

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

Feimin Zhang, Lanzhou University

Shixuan Zhang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Peer Review Support Staff

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Gary Lackmann

DJ Arruda, Assistant to Benjamin Kirtman
Cristina Barletta, Assistant to Stephen Bieda and Kelly Mahoney
Hayley Charney, Assistant to John T. Allen and Lynn McMurdie
Felicia Gullotta, Assistant to Karen A. Kosiba and Corey Potvin

Robbie Matlock, Assistant to Zhaoxia Pu

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Elizabeth Ritchie

Production Staff

Mike Friedman, Senior Manager for Publishing Operations
Hollis E. Baguskas, Lead Technical Editor
Andrea L. Schein, Lead Copy Editor
Danielle Joyce, Author Submission Support

1 2021 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics; Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.