Weather forecasts, the importance of model resolution

When working in extreme environments having advance knowledge of the weather conditions can be the difference between a successful operation or a waste of time and resources with considerable personnel risk. Whether it is a mountain survey, fieldwork, an environmental assessment or a mining operation, lacking a good forecast can be an extremely risky business. Weather forecasts are not perfect, but they have become impressively accurate in recent years. However there is an oversupply of information in this field, with little quality controls in most cases. If your work is affected by weather and you work at high altitude or in a tough environment, there is one key aspect of the weather information to consider: the resolution of the models. There are quality global data coming from models such as the GFS or ECMWF, but it is necessary to know their limitations, as they are not applicable everywhere, every time. Because these models are global, there is an intrinsic limitation to their...
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