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WRF/ WRFCHEM / WRFHYDRO v4.4 Install scripts for atmospheric community

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Hello Weather Research Forecasting Modeling Community, Atmospheric Science Community & Meteorological Organization Leaders,

My name is Will Hatheway and I am a meteorologist in Texas, USA. I apologize if you see this email multiple times as I am sending it around the world to spread the news.

Over the past couple of years I have been working on BASH code in Ubuntu that allows the Weather Research Forecasting Model (WRF) to be self-installed with very little user input on Linux 32 bit, Linux 64 bit and MacOS. It should be noted it will also work on Window's Sub-Linux system but everything will need to be done via command line.

Having worked with the WRF on my personal computer I know how difficult it can be to install which is why, with help from researchers and meteorologists across the globe, I created these scripts 2 years ago. Thankfully, these scripts have been shared worldwide and are helping scientists utilize the WRF with less installation headaches.

With the recent major update from WRF 4.3.3 to WRF 4.4,1, I have endeavored to overhaul my scripts with a major update as well. Over the past two years users of my scripts from around the world have asked for the new post-processors, tools, libraries, etc to be added to these scripts. I am happy to say that I have added as many of these requests that I could with this major update.

The WRF install script now include the latest versions of the following:
NCAR Command Language (NCL)
All the latest compilers and libraries
Zlib 1.2.12
libpng 1.6.37
Jasper 1.900.1
MPICH 4.0.2
HDF5 1.12.2
NETCDF-C 4.8.1
NETCDF-Fortran 4.5.4
Below you will find links to the install scripts for Linux 32/64bit and MacOS.



The big news for this update, other than the new post processing tools, is the addition of WRF-HYDRO in standalone and coupled form. The coupled version is coupled to WRF 4.4. While the WRF-Hydro is not the most difficult code to install, it posed a small challenge for me which is why it is just now getting an installation script. It has been tested and works perfectly for any application.

WRF-Hydro Standalone

WRF-Hydro Coupled

Please make sure to read over all the scripts to make sure you know what they are doing and comment out lines of code if needed for your specific application.

Pay attention to the GEOG files as they take up over 200GB if they are all downloaded and unpacked.

Also, the WRF-CHEM tools are around 50GB.

In total the WRF installation, with everything downloaded, takes about ~250-275GB of storage space if nothing is left out.

If you have downloaded and utilized my scripts before, please make sure to download this version and reinstall to get all the tools and processors and latest patches in the WRF.

As always I do this for the benefit of the atmospheric science & meteorological community. That way more time is spent on research and development instead of installation.

It has been recommended to me to have a citation included for my scripts should they be used in any research application. In the Github code there is a citation script that writes a citation in APA form. This is the format accepted by Github, if you need it in another format I can provide information for you.

I ask that you please share amongst your friends, colleagues, any email lists you manage, or newsletters. The WRF is a powerful tool and it is my hope that with these scripts it will be easier for researchers to utilize.

Will Hatheway