We are excited to officially launch the FOX Model on FOX Weather Wednesday.
Thanks to the expertise of meteorologist Jim Weber at FOX 13 Tampa and the resources of TempoQuest, we’re taking advantage of the latest computing technology to run a new, exclusive high-resolution forecast model.
This model was initially developed to predict hurricanes more accurately and will guide our forecasters in other extreme weather events.
Future enhancements will allow the FOX Model to shift its coverage area on the fly to focus on other areas of the nation experiencing severe weather. And FOX Weather meteorologists will be able to tailor the model's calculations to focus on the most pressing weather event in the forecast, be it a tropical system in the summer, a winter storm in December over the Plains, or a severe weather outbreak in Tornado Alley.
Numerous computer models are run on tropical systems many times a day. Weather observations from ground locations, upper air balloons, satellites and aircraft, such as NOAA's Hurricane Hunters, provide the models with information on what's happening now.
"Since it's our model, we can really tailor this model towards exactly what we're looking for," said FOX 13 Tampa meteorologist Jim Weber, who created the FOX Model. "In this case, we're looking at the tropics, and we're looking at tropical systems. And so, we gear the physical properties of this model to look at tropical systems and do a really good job at forecasting that."
FOX Weather will also input its data into the model. "Bringing in pilot reports and just regional observations that we get, we can push those right into the model to help improve that forecast," Weber said.
The FOX Model will run four times a day and provide a forecast out to 84 hours.