Time and Meteorological Forecasts
At least two time dimensions are routinely used to specify our fundamental data - basically the start and end points of a forecast.
Meteorologists naturally think of
as the important start point
as the end-point
hour or day forecast, because of the time-critical scheduled forecasting process.
The natural way of thinking for most _non_-expert users is that the
'end point' is the time of interest, and the 'start point' of
is less important and is only a proxy measure of quality.
There are several other relevant times to qualify a forecast, such as actual time of issue
forecast, or the validity period
for using the forecast (both somewhere between
), or the time of the latest observational data incorporated into the forecast, called the data cut-off time
This aspect of time has been addressed in the Met-Ocean Domain Working Group's WMS 1.3 Best Practice for TIME and ELEVATION
- 09 Apr 2013 (from Chris Little's email, 18 Mar 2013)