50 years of Numerical Weather Prediction at the Met Office

Numerical Weather Prediction anniversary

2 November 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the use of the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) system by the Met Office.

NWP is at the heart of all weather forecasts and warnings as well as much of the research and development undertaken to understand our weather and climate. Its beginnings in 1965 marked the transition of the Met Office into the world-leader in weather science and forecasting that it is today.

NWP takes the latest observations of the world's weather together with a mathematical model of the atmosphere to produce weather forecasts, the first of which was produced on 2 November 1965.

In celebration of 50 years of NWP see our anniversary timeline which looks back at the historical developments of NWP.

50 years of Numerical Weather Prediction

50 years of Numerical Weather Prediction video transcript 50 years of Numerical Weather Prediction video transcript (PDF, 161 kB)

Last updated: 23 August 2016

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