Acronym List


Acronym Full name Comments
W-Z relationship W = precipitation content, Z = radar reflectivity
WACCM Whole-Atmosphere Community Climate Model
WAMFLEX Wave Momentum Flux Experiment
WAMPP Wave Momentum Parameterization Program GARP
WAN wide area network
WARN Weather-Auto Relay Network Associated Press
WAS whole air sampler
WATOX Western Atlantic Ocean Experiment
WATS Wide Area Telecommunications Service
WBGT wet bulb globe temperature
WBRT Weather Bureau radio thoedolite as in WBRT-57
WBSI Western Behavioral Sciences Institute La Jolla (Walter Orr Roberts on faculty 8 years, until death)
WCIRP World Climate Impacts and Response Strategies Program
WCRP World Climate Research Program established in 1980 by WMO and ICSU
WDC World Data Center(s) WDC-A United States WDC-B USSR WDC-C 21 archive subcenters in Western Europe, Australia, and Japan
WEAP Weather Education and Awareness Project
weather   The state of the atmosphere, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities.
WEFAX Weather facsimile
WEPOCS Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean Climate Studies
WERC World Environment and Resources Council
WESTNET University of Colorado Network also a regional network on the NSFNET backbone, for the southwestern United States
Wet-MAP Mesoscale Alpine Project heavy rains across northern Italy
WFF Wallops Flight Facility NASA
WFO weather forecast office
WFO-Advnced the key element of the WFO-Advanced program is the forecaster workstation used to demonstrate many AWIPS functions in support of the modernized NWS Weather Forecast Office operations the WFO-Advanced workstation replaces FX-ALPHA
WG/MDM Working Group for Meteorological Data Management under ICMSSR
WGNE Working Group on Numerical Experimentation on prediction and simulation, JOC workgroup, GARP, WMO
WG/NGWR Working Group for Next-Generation Weather Radar
WGS84 World Geodetic Survey 1984 current standard model of earth's spheroid
WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Woods Hole, Massachusetts
WI Workstation Interface
WICHE Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
WiFE Wildfire Experiment
WIMPS Weakly Interacting Massive Particles
WIND II Wind Imaging Interferometer NASA, UARS
wind chill   The portion of the cooling of a human body caused by air motion.
WINDEX Winter Doppler Experiment
windowing   the ability to display simultaneously a collection of materials on a computer screen
WISP Winter Icing and Storms Project NOAA, FAA, RAP
WISPIT Winter Icing and Storms Project (WISP) Instrumentation Test
WITI Weather Information Technologie, Inc. UCAR, WITI Corporation
WKD Wallace-Kratohvil Distribution
WLCE white light coronagraph experiments See TN-66+IA, Astronaut Operations Requirements Document for the White Light Coronagraph Experiment S-052 for the Apollo Telescope Mount, C.L. Ross, HAO, 1973, (NTIS # N74-32881)
WMC World Meteorological Center(s) GARP
WMO World Meteorological Organization Geneva, Switzerland
WMP Weather Modification Program NSF
WMS World Magnetic Survey
WOCE World Ocean Circulation (or Climate) Experiment to study response of world ocean to atmospheric forcing
WORD Web Outreach Redesign and Development
WORM Write Once, Read Many
WORMTOMS WORM to Mass Storage System
WOS Weather Observing Systems Committee NRC
WOTAN Wind Observations Through Ambient Noise
WPDN Wind Profiler Demonstration Network now called the National Profiler Network
WPL Wave Propagation Laboratory NOAA
WPM Well-Posed Model
WRF Weather Research and Forecast
WRL Willow Run Laboratories University of Michigan, contract lab, converted to Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, 8/72
WRP Weather Research Program
WSDDM Weather Support to Deicing Decision Making
WSFO Weather Service Forecast Office
WSI WSI Corporation a vendor of weather data
WSMR White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
WSO Weather Service Office
WSP Winter Storm Program
WSR-88D Weather Surveillance Radar Ð 1988, Doppler NWS, WSR-88D, formerly known as NEXRAD
WTWS Windshear and Turbulence Warning System
WVF water vapor flux
WVIOP water vapor intensive observing period
WVR Water Vapor radiometers
WWG Workstation Working Group of COMET
WWRP World Weather Research Programme
WWV Call letters for the NBS shortwave radio station that broadcasts time signals only
WWW World Wide Web the Web, an on-line, networked information-serving software system
WWW World Weather Watch WMO
Wx Weather
WXP   Purdue University's Weather Processor software for analyzing and displaying meteorological data
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
W-Z relationship W = precipitation content, Z = radar reflectivity