RU-WRF Data Portal for NJ Offshore Wind Energy

The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU-COOL) operates a real-time version of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model daily. This model, RU-WRF, includes a unique surface boundary condition derived from our internally-produced coldest-pixel sea surface temperature (SST) product.

This site features RU-WRF model output of winds at selected Virtual Meteorological Towers (VMTs) located both within and surrounding the various Wind Energy Areas (WEA) in proximity to New Jersey. These towers can be selected on the map: “Wind Energy Area” for those within the designated WEAs in blue and the New York Bight Call Area in green; “NJ Coastal Region” for multiple locations along the NJ coastline; “Comparison Stations” for VMT output at locations close to existing observational platforms. Data from these VMTs can then be graphed or downloaded using the additional tabs below.

Please note that the data in this data portal was updated on 9/11/2019, reducing the model spin-up time for each daily run to 1 hour from 6 hours. Prior to this change, the continuous time series data was assembled using hours 6 through 29 of the daily model runs; it now uses hours 1 through 24. This change is effective for the entire dataset, and only impacts the data from 01Z through 06Z each day. The older dataset remains available through ERDDAP. Any questions regarding this change or the two datasets should be directed to

Support for this site and the data herein has been provided by the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) Division of Economic Development & Emerging Issues Office of Clean Energy.

PLEASE NOTE: This interactive data portal is currently in development, and is for informational purposes only. This data portal should not be used for decision-making purposes.

INSTRUCTIONS: Select desired VMT output locations from the below map, and then click on “Graphing” or “Download” to explore the data from the selected location(s).

Note: Blue areas are BOEM Wind Energy Lease Areas. Green areas are BOEM Wind Planning Areas. Last updated: 2019-02-13