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WRF Modeling System Updates

The WRF model tar file has been updated to Version 3.6.1 on August 14, 2014. In order to upgrade to version 3.6.1, users can obtain a new copy of the code from the download page.

The WRF Pre-Processing System (WPS) has also been upgraded to Version 3.6.1.

Also see 'Known Problems' in this release. If you are interested in seeing how V3 has been tested, click here.

WRF Version 3.6.1 new features, improvements and bug fixes

WRF-NMM and HWRF specific updates

  • All capabilities used in the 2014 operational HWRF model, including:
    • New vortex tracking algorithm for nest movement
    • Updates on parent-nest feedback routines
    • New tornado genesis diagnostic products
    • Additional diagnostics/output
    • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes
  • For additional details, click here

General Updates

Improvements and bug fixes to physics options
Atmospheric Radiation:
  • Use equation of time for old Goddard shortwave - also corrects diffuse/direct diagnostics
  • Bug fix in FLG scheme
  • Bug fix for interpolating shortwave radiation at non-radiation steps: GSW (posted)
  • RRTMG shortwave radiation: extinction coefficient updated from RRTM group
  • Fix for cu_rad_feedback option (posted 5/7/14) and use of restart with this option
Microphysics:
  • Bug fix for Milbrandt scheme (no surface rain output in v3.6)
  • Bug fix for SBM (posted 5/7/2014) and minor update for fast SBM scheme
  • Hail control for Morrison scheme is namelist controlled: hail_opt
  • Constant n_ccn0 is now an namelist variable: ccn_conc (used in WDM5 and WDM6)
  • New lightning scheme (lightning_option = 3) (Thanks to B. Lynn)
Cumulus:
  • NSAS deep: the default value for the v3.6-introduced option nsas_dx_factor is set to 0 (off) in Registry.EM_COMMON
Surface and surface layer physics:
  • Bug fix in lake physics for nesting
  • Bug fix for fractional seaice for surface layer option 1: old surface layer code was used in v3.6
  • Bug fix in simple ocean mixed layer scheme
  • PX LSM should be able to use MODIS+Lake data
  • Dissipative heating is removed with ISFTCFLX
Others:
  • Bug fix for SKEBS
Initialization/IO:
  • Option to use GFS tropopause and max wind level data
  • Option to define stratospheric base state (namelists base_pres_strat, base_lapse_strat)
  • Bug fix for climate extreme statistics for nested run
  • Better error message for ndown
  • Option to write out output-ready flag (wrfoutReady_d_) activated by namelist option output_ready_flag in &time_control)
  • Microphysics-dependent reflectivity computation is only output if do_radar_ref is set to 1 (for those schemes that makes use this option)
  • Bug fix for a potential overflow problem for vegfra, shdmax, shdmin for program real
  • Improved wrfbdy read speed at restart
  • Bug fix for periodic boundary condition in Y for geopotential
Dynamics:
  • Improved diffusion with diff_opt = 4 and km_opt = 2
  • Fix tke_km routine computation of N stability parameter for km_opt=2
Software:
  • Fix for using netCDF4 on NCAR's yellowstone system (configure.nc4 removed)
  • Fixes for adapting to new CPP
  • Remove few more use of flush
  • #ifdef WRF_CHEM changed to #if ( WRF_CHEM == 1 ) to avoid confusion with environment setting of WRF_CHEM = 0

Previous release notes

WRF Version 3.6

WRF Version 3.5.1

WRF Version 3.5

WRF Version 3.4.1

WRF Version 3.4

WRF Version 3.3.1

WRF Version 3.3

WRF Version 3.2.1

WRF Version 3.2

WRF Version 3.1.1

WRF Version 3.1

WRF Version 3.0.1.1

WRF Version 3.0.1

WRF Version 3.0

WRF Version 2.2.1

WRF Version 2.2