Deep Learning Weather Prediction (DLWP) model for weather forecasting

This example is an implementation of the DLWP Cubed-sphere model. The DLWP model can be used to predict the state of the atmosphere given a previous atmospheric state. You can infer a 320-member ensemble set of six-week forecasts at 1.4° resolution within a couple of minutes, demonstrating the potential of AI in developing near real-time digital twins for weather prediction

The goal is to train an AI model that can emulate the state of the atmosphere and predict global weather over a certain time span. The Deep Learning Weather Prediction (DLWP) model uses deep CNNs for globally gridded weather prediction. DLWP CNNs directly map u(t) to its future state u(t+Δt) by learning from historical observations of the weather, with Δt set to 6 hr

The model is trained on 7-channel subset of ERA5 Data that is mapped onto a cubed sphere grid with a resolution of 64x64 grid cells. The map files were generated using TempestRemap library. The model uses years 1980-2015 for training, 2016-2017 for validation and 2018 for out of sample testing. Some sample scripts for downloading the data and processing it are provided in the data_curation directory. A larger subset of dataset is hosted at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). For convenience it is available to all via Globus. You will need a Globus account and will need to be logged in to your account in order to access the data. You may also need the Globus Connect to transfer data.

DLWP uses convolutional neural networks (CNNs) on a cubed sphere grid to produce global forecasts. The latest DLWP model leverages a U-Net architecture with skip connections to capture multi-scale processes.The model architecture is described in the following papers

Sub-Seasonal Forecasting With a Large Ensemble of Deep-Learning Weather Prediction Models

Improving Data-Driven Global Weather Prediction Using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks on a Cubed Sphere

To train the model, run



Progress can be monitored using MLFlow. Open a new terminal and navigate to the training directory, then run:


mlflow ui -p 2458

View progress in a browser at

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