Notice: The upgraded FVCOM-based Lake Erie Operational Forecast System (LEOFS) is becoming operational on 2016/05/03 12:00 (UTC). LEOFS model products and graphics on this page and Thredds server will be switched to use the new upgraded system starting from 2016/05/03 12:00 (UTC) model run. The POM-based LEOFS model output on Thredds server will not be available after 2016/05/03 12:00 (UTC). For more information on the upgrade, please refer to the Technical Information Notice.
The upgraded Lake Erie Operational Forecast System (LEOFS) was jointly developed by NOAA/National Ocean Service's (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) and Office of Coast Survey (OCS), the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), the NOAA/National Weather Service's (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) National Central Operations (NCO), and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
The NWS and NOS work together to run LEOFS operationally on NOAA's High Performance Computing System (HPCS). By running on NOAA's HPCS, LEOFS has direct access to National Weather Service operational meteorological products that are required for reliable operations.
LEOFS uses the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM). LEOFS provides users with nowcast (analyses of near present) and forecast guidance of water levels, currents and water temperature out to 120 hours, four times per day.
For more information about LEOFS, please click here.
For more information about FVCOM, please click here.