Terms of Reference

Weather forecasting is the most important function of the science of meteorology. Weather forecasts help safeguard life and property, and play a crucial role in planning the activities of government, industry, and the public. In addition, public perception of the value of weather forecasts forms an important basis for national support of the atmospheric sciences and programs designed to improve forecast and warning services.

The aims and specific tasks of the Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting, which follow, have been formulated with the goal of improving forecast accuracy and public understanding and perception of the value of forecasts and warnings. The specific aims of the committee are the following:

to recommend adequate standards of professionalism in the practice of weather analysis and forecasting;

  1. to provide information, through the Council of the Society, to the scientific community and the general public on the present status and accuracy of weather analysis, forecasting and numerical prediction, and the possibilities for future improvement;
  2. to promote a mutually beneficial cooperation between the operational and research communities by maintaining a balance of representation on the committee from both the research and operational environments, by encouraging dialogue and interaction during the committee-run conferences, and promoting publications on weather analysis, forecasting and numerical prediction in society journals;
  3. to encourage research and advanced education and training in weather analysis and prediction as a means of raising the level of forecast accuracy and usefulness, and to recommend through the Council, to the appropriate government and private agencies, those topical areas that need to be emphasized in both basic and applied research areas;
  4. to encourage the effective application of meteorological information to practical problems in planning, management, and operation of industrial, governmental, and other human activities;
  5. to promote publications of papers on weather analysis, forecasting and numerical prediction in appropriate journals of the Society and other scientific publication media; and
  6. to examine unusual claims of forecast accuracy that appear to be well beyond the accepted present state of the science and to report results to the Council.

The specific tasks include the following:

  1. to recommend to the AMS Council, each year, nominees for the Exceptional Specific Prediction and Charles L. Mitchell Awards, and Special Awards and Fellows as appropriate;
  2. to review and suggest changes to the AMS Statement on Weather Analysis and Forecasting as needed;
  3. to support a national conference on weather analysis, forecasting and numerical weather prediction at regular intervals.