University of Utah
WRF User Group

The Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model is the most widely used numerical weather prediction system in the world. Our group is for students and staff who run WRF simulations at the University of Utah.

Next Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May ??, 2018
Time: ?:00-?:00 PM
Place: INSCC 445
Presenter: Derek Mallia
Subject: Changing GSL water levels within WRF using bathymetry data.


We share our code and content on GitHub

Ute-WRF-User Group

Details on the following:

  • Compiling
  • WRF Modifications
  • Post-Processing

Contact Us

Are you interested in joining our group or have a question? Let us know!

Getting started with WRF

Are you new to WRF?

First, register as a new user and download the source code.

Then, start with the UCAR online tutorial. For specific details on running WRF in the CHPC environment, reference these tutorial slides.

WRF Users WRF Source Code WRF User Guide WRF Forums

Running WRF at CHPC

Configure and Compile WRF

This is perhaps the most frustrating part of using WRF. First, make sure you understand how to use modules on your CHPC account.

Compile Instructions

Submit Jobs to Kingspeak

WRF on Kingspeak

Still having issues? Ask someone in the group or email for help.

Code Modifications

So, you want to control the weather...we do that

Brian Blaylock

Someone else

Post Processing - Python

WRF-Python (need to set up your own python environment Leah Campbell)

John Lawson scripts

Post Processing - NCL

NCAR Command Language

Research - Publications

Author Year Title Link
Foster et al. 2017 Simulations of a Cold-Air Pool in Utah's Salt Lake Valley: Sensitivity to Land Use and Snow Cover
Blaylock et al. 2017 Impact of Lake Breezes on Summer Ozone Concentrations in the Salt Lake Valley
Alcott and Steenburgh 2013 Orographic Influences on a Great Salt Lake-Effect Snowstorm
Crosman and Horel 2012 Idealized Large-Eddy Simulations of Sea and Lake Breezes: Sensitivity to Lake Diameter, Heat Flux and Stability
Lehner and Whiteman 2012 The Thermally Driven Cross-Basin Circulation in Idealized Basins under Varying Wind Conditions

Research - Presentations