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The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is a next-generation mesoscale numerical weather prediction system designed to serve both operational forecasting and atmospheric research needs. It features multiple dynamical cores, a 3-dimensional variational (3DVAR) data assimilation system, and a software architecture allowing for computational parallelism and system extensibility. WRF is suitable for a broad spectrum of applications and across scales ranging from meters to thousands of kilometres.

If you have any corrections, comments or contributions, please feel free to email us on cws_help@nci.org.au so that we can continue to update and upgrade the guides over time.

The installation (obtaining and compiling the source code) is NCI specific. The NCAR guides which we link to give instructions for compilation. DO NOT USE THOSE INSTRUCTIONS. They will not work. First, install WRF using this wiki's instructions and only follow the NCAR guides for running your simulation.


03 March 2020

Versions affected:

  • V4.1.1
  • V4.1.2
  • V4.1.3
  • V4.1.4

Issue description: An error has been found that affect the January 2000 case from the NCAR tutorial. In order to run this case, you will now need to use the Variable Table: Vtable.GFS.tutorial for ungrib.exe.

Compilation: No compilation is required after updating the code base from Github.

Installation Guide

For all versions, you will now find the code on Github. Please follow the instructions in the README for the branch corresponding to the version you want to use.

WRF performance

Please see this page to learn more about WRF performance on Gadi.

Running WRF at NCI

How to run WRF

How to run WRF with ERA-Interim data

How to run WRF with inputs in netcdf format

WRFPLUS V3.4.1 installation

WRFDA V3.4.1 installation

WRF Workflow Tools

Tips and Tricks

Post-processing software


UPP hasn't been ported to Gadi yet.

Related links:

WRF Home Page

A Description of the Advanced Research WRF Version 3

WRF tests

Process for WRF porting to NCI machine