DOE Site Weather Links
A number of DOE/NNSA sites have publicly accessible Web sites that provide useful meteorological and climatological information. These include:
The Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Meteorology Services website provides information on meteorological conditions, forecasts, and climatological data for the Brookhaven Site. The BNL Atmospheric Sciences Division performs research focused mainly on the chemistry, physics, and transport of substances in the atmosphere.
The Hanford Meteorological Monitoring Program provides meteorological monitoring and weather forecasts for the Hanford Site. The website features links to real-time meteorological and climatological data (the program’s publicly accessible website weather does not report Hanford weather forecasts). In 2011, the meteorological program transitioned from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to Hanford’s Mission Support Alliance. PNNL’s Atmospheric Science & Global Change Division continues to perform a wide range of basic and applied research in the atmospheric sciences.
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Meteorology Program conducts basic and applied atmospheric science research and meteorological support for operations at the Idaho Site. The program website features links to meteorological data, forecasts and warnings, and climatological data for the Idaho Site. This program is operated by the Field Research Division of NOAA’s ARL.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Weather Pages provide information on meteorological conditions, forecasts, and related tools. The University of California operates this program and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC). The NARAC is a national support and resource center for emergency response. NARAC conducts planning, provides real-time emergency response assessments, and performs detailed studies for incidents involving the emission of nuclear, radiological, chemical, or biological materials.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Weather Machine provides access to the latest meteorological observations, climatological information, and weather forecast products for the Los Alamos area. A Meteorological Monitoring report for LANL describes this program in detail. The meteorological monitoring program is operated by the Meteorology and Air Quality Group at LANL.
The Nevada Test Site (NTS) Meteorology Program conducts basic and applied research related to the atmospheric environment, emergency preparedness, and emergency response at the NTS. The program’s website features links to meteorological data, forecasts and warnings, and climatological data for the NTS. The program is operated by NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory (ARL)/Special Operations and Research Division (SORD).
The Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) Meteorology Program provides meteorological monitoring at key operational areas within ORR, weather reports in numerical and graphical formats, climatological information, and dispersion modeling. Meteorological monitoring is conducted using instrumented towers, sodars, and ground-based monitoring. The ORR Annual Site Environmental Report describes the meteorological monitoring program in detail.
The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Weather Center provides meteorological monitoring, operational forecasts, and numerical modeling for the SRNL and Savannah River Site (SRS). The weather center is operated by the SRNL’s Atmospheric Technologies Group (ATG).In addition to their operational mission, the ATG conducts applied research projects including those related to real-time modeling and assessment capabilities, emergency response planning, and the development of custom meteorological data sets for the SRS and a diverse set of other customers.
Other DOE/NNSA meteorological monitoring programs are operated at the Pantex Site, Sandia National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.
An overview of meteorology-related operations at all of the DOE/NNSA sites is provided in a report prepared for the Office of the Federal Coordinator: Overview of DOE and NNSA Operational Meteorological Programs and Supporting Research
A number of DOE meteorological monitoring programs are planning to provide data into the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS). MADIS is being developed and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).