In the CASCADE project, we are focused on understanding extreme climate events–strange weather–and we use climate models to do this. These extreme climate events are fundamentally weather events, and so our climate models must be able to do a good job of simulating weather. We are running an early version of the Accelerated Climate Model for Energy to simulate past weather events. This way we can check the model’s weather against the weather that actually happened.
The figure to the left is a snapshot of weather in the Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) as a satellite would see it.