UCAR Style Guide

warm event—no caps

wavelength—When wavelengths are given in lambdas or angstroms (3843 angstroms), commas are not used with four- and five-digit numbers.

wave number—the reciprocal of the wavelength. The unit is cm-1.

Web—Use upper case when this word appears solo or in an open compound, as in "you'll find it on the Web; she has a new job as a Web developer." This usage is now a common substitue for "the World Wide Web." For all closed compound forms, use lower case: website, webcast. For webmaster/webmistress, substitute gender-inclusive terms whenever possible: website manager, site manager. See below for Web citations. [03/2008]

white light corona—no hyphen

widows—Half-word widows are O.K. at end of a line if the widow is as wide as the next paragraph indentation. Avoid one-line widows everywhere.

wind shear—two words

wind speed (n.); wind-speed (adj.)

Woods Hole—has two separate institutions bearing its name: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole Research Center. The town is also home to the Marine Biological Laboratory, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries, the Sea Education Association, and a branch of the U.S. Geological Survey. [3/00]

worker's compensation

workstation (American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition)

WRF—when you write this out, put the acronym comes after the word "model," and note that model has a lowercase "m." Example: "The scientists will rely on the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), to make their calculations."

Web citations

To cite files available for viewing or downloading via the World Wide Web, provide

  • the author's name (if known),
  • the year of publication (if known and if different from the date accessed),
  • the full title of the article,
  • the title of the complete work (if applicable) in italics. [The complete work may be the title of the page that appears in the "window shade" title bar at the very top of the window.]
  • any additional information (such as versions, editions, or revisions) in parentheses immediately following the title.
  • the full URL (the http address), and
  • the date of access.

Author's Last Name, Initial(s), Date of work, if known: Title of work. Title of Complete Work (Version). URL (date of message or access).