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MAthematical Precitions of Weather

A little introductory math

A little introductory math

I think the article is overly technical. It jumps straight into formulas or jargon right away and doesn't do an especially good job of giving these terms or mathematical formulations context.

I would try to shape the discussion more like a funnel, by starting out to give reasons for why people might care about mathematical weather prediction. For instance one thing I think is missing here is using math to predict the paths of hurricanes. That would be especially relevant to people living the Gulf region of the Atlantic. After giving a better reason for what I should care about the mathematical basis for weather prediction I might be more inclined to read about it in depth.

One last point is that the paragraph on scaling constants is very difficult to understand and still have no idea as to what they are used for.

Barry's Response - The article could use a little re-working, I think. I tried to go into it without being too cryptic with the mathematics. (Click for a general overview of math used in meteorology.)

For an introductory look at the reflectivity relation obliquely referred to in the radar reflectivity article accessible in the bottom link, have a look at the Marshall Palmer formula here.

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