In this coastal town, about two hours south of San Francisco, the Navy operates the Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Center, a facility filled with supercomputers and a highly skilled team that, together, help to provide the service and other government agencies with the best-possible weather forecasting.
CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman stopped in on the facility yesterday as part of his Road Trip 2012 project. Among the many missions Fleet Numerical, as it's known, undertakes what is the global Submarine Weather support system (SUBWEAX), which since 2008 has been instrumental in offering submarines the latest forecasts on weather at the surface.
One thing submarines would be very interested in is the height of waves at the surface. This chart, which is publicly available through Fleet Numerical's Web site, shows a forecast for global wave heights. Decision makers all around the world can use that data to help their missions become as efficient as possible.
June 20, 2012 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Center
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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