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50th anniversary of Numerical Weather Prediction

November 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first operational Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) system.

Numerical models are at the heart of our forecasts and warnings as well as much of our research and development. As the Met Office has developed, numerical weather models have marked our transition in to a world-leader in weather science.

The 50th anniversary will be marked on Wednesday 18 November with the Royal Meteorological Society holding a national meeting at the Met Office. The meeting will look forward to the challenges and opportunities in the future, and celebrate the collaborative nature of NWP development.