GFS Northern America: Air temperature anomalies [°C] at 500 hPa
VERSIONE ITALIANA: CLICCA QUI
These maps show the anomalies (i.e. differences) of the air temperature (in °C) at 500 hPa , compared
to the 1979-2008 climatological average. Yellow and red colors on the maps indicate a positive anomaly (i.e. temperatures higher than the average),
while light blue and purple colors indicate a negative anomaly. The resulting differences in °C are shown on the vertical colorbar.
On the top left is shown the UTC initialization time. UTC time is indicated with Z letter (Zulu Time). On the top right is shown the UTC forecast time.
The maps at 00Z, 06Z, 12Z and 18Z are updated respectively starting from 04.30 AM, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, 10.30 PM (CEST TIime).
Forecast model: Global Forecast System (GFS) with 0.5°x0.5° (lat x lon) spatial resolution.
NOTE: in central European countries, when solar time is in effect, the CET time is used, which is equal to UTC +1 hour, while when daylight saving time is in effect, the CEST time is used, which is equal to UTC +2 hours. Right now it is 1:39 UTC.
Notes on GFS forecast maps
The Global Forecast System (GFS) is a National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
weather forecast model that generates data for dozens of atmospheric and land-soil variables,
including temperatures, winds, precipitation, soil moisture, and atmospheric ozone concentration.
The system couples four separate models (atmosphere, ocean model, land/soil model, and sea ice) that work
together to accurately depict weather conditions.
GFS is a global model with a base horizontal resolution of 0.25° (28 kilometers) between grid points. The GFS is run 4 times a day, the temporal resolution covers analysis and forecasts out to 16 days.
See the GFS analysis maps archive from 2013 to today
To see the GFS ANALYSIS MAP ARCHIVE from 2013 to today click on the link.