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The Meteorological Development Laboratory



Stephan Smith



What is MDL?

MDL is a laboratory in the National Weather Service (NWS) under the Office of Science and Technology Integration. Since it was formed in 1964 under the original name of the Techniques Development Laboratory (TDL), the Meteorological Development Laboratory has developed and transitioned several important tools and techniques vital to improving NWS operations. The current description of the function of the laboratory is as follows:

The Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) conducts and sponsors applied research and development for the improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information; data depiction and utilization; warning and forecast product preparation; and data and forecast evaluation. Projects involve modern physical, dynamical, and statistical techniques implemented on operational computers. Emphasis is placed on integrated suites of guidance and final products for Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers, and National Centers. The Laboratory collaborates with other laboratories and centers within and outside of NOAA and actively seeks to identify new techniques in response to NWS mission requirements. The Laboratory provides meteorological support to other elements of the Office of Science and Technology, as required.