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Research article
11 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 11 Apr 2016

Weather model verification using Sodankylä mast measurements

Markku Kangas, Laura Rontu, Carl Fortelius, Mika Aurela, and Antti Poikonen

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Sodankylä, in the heart of the Arctic Research Centre of the Finnish Meteorological Institute in northern Finland with temperatures ranging from −50 to +30 °C, provides a challenging location for numerical weather forecasting (NWP) models. In this article, the use of measurements performed in Sodankylä for near-real time online verification of NWP models is described. A more specific case study of three different radiation schemes, applicable in NWP model HARMONIE-AROME, is also presented.