This blog features content related to science education, teaching strategies, interesting news about atmospheric science, and tools for scientific data collection and analysis. The ultimate goal of this blog is to give our volunteer contributors the opportunity to share interesting scientific information as well as practice communication strategies. Please note that constructive comments and discussion are welcome, but highly negative comments will be removed.




Morgan B. Yarker, PhD, CCM



Michel d. S. Mesquita, PhD



Interested in being a guest contributor? Please fill out this form and we will contact you!



Welcome to the brand new collaboration between and Yarker Consulting! This is the site of our community blog, a place where we can share short tutorials (authored by the m2lab tutors or by volunteer contributors, such as yourself) to support users of regional climate models. While we encourage everyone to take part in this blog, most tutorials will be based on things scientists need today, such as how to work with the WRF model, post processing WRF output, using R and other statistical software, etc.


Speaking of… have you been to the website? If you haven’t, please check it out. It offers free online courses that introduce you to running a computer model. Did I mention that the courses are free? And are taught by an expert climate modeler and are grounded in well-researched education theory. The best part is that they are free!


As I mentioned, we will be using this blog to post resources, tutorials, and paper reviews that will be of interest to and in support of new model users. Most of the ideas we get for content comes from discussions on the Regional Climate Modeling Facebook Group and from comments on the m2lab course evaluations. We have scheduled weekly updates, so be sure to check back often.

I want to emphasize that the point of this blog is not just for tutors to post. We also want guest contributors to post things they have tried or learned as they run their models. Being a contributor benefits you by helping you gain visibility, experience writing about science content for a broad audience, and expertise in the topic (research tells us that writing about a topic makes you a better thinker about that topic). And please don’t worry if English isn’t your first language, we have two English speakers who will help you review and edit your post before it gets posted so you know your best work is being presented.


Some topics we have identified that people may want to write about include (but are not limited to):

  • Coupling WRF with other models

  • Description of statistical software you use to analyze output data

  • Implementing outside data into WRF

  • Summary or review of other free online courses, meetings, or conferences

  • Reviews of interesting papers about weather and climate modeling

  • Sharing interesting results or techniques from a model run


If you would like to contribute to the blog, please use the form at the top of the page to submit your text. It is also OK if you don’t have a clear idea what you want to write about when you submit. Just send us what you can and we will work with you.


Once again, welcome to our community blog! We look forward to your comments, discussions, and contributions. See you next week!