The present approach for daily temperature interpolation of the Watershed Simulation and Forecasting System of the Finnish Environment Institute is based on the inverse distance weighted interpolation. In order to improve the calculation, three alternative methods were tested: 1) modified inverse distance weighted model, 2) regression with dummy variables for taking into account time and 3) regression equation calibrated for each day. The regression model calibrated for each day proved to be the most promising model. By average, the difference between the accuracy of it and the inverse distance weighted methods wasn't big but some indication was found that in single cases it can make a difference. The estimated parameters were found to have realistic physical meanings.
- Received December 6, 2002.
- Revision received June 13, 2003.
- Accepted October 21, 2003.
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