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An artist's depiction of the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. The center will be designed with the highest level of efficiency possible, both for the electrical and mechanical facilities and for the office spaces and multi-use areas. (Image courtesy H+L Architecture.)
Site plan for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. (Image courtesy H+L Architecture.)
The NWSC is the result of a partnership between University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, Wyoming Business Council, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company. The NWSC is operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation.
Computer models work a little like following a recipe. For example, we take information—or data—about current weather conditions. Next, we add energy from the Sun, and we stir in the math that explains how the Sun’s energy causes the weather to change over time. The result is a model, and it can be used to predict what the weather will do next. This is known as a forecast.