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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—lower case;  website, webcast. Use gender-inclusive terms whenever possible: website manager, site manager (rather than webmaster/webmistress). See below for web citations. [06/2016]

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 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).