Watching the Weather (…and Climate Change)

Here’s an online resource that anyone can use to watch weather patterns and forecasts anywhere on the globe … and also, to look at the data on Climate Change.

According to its website, the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine has conducted research for more than forty years. One of their projects is ClimateReanalyzer.org, a website rich with data. Their stated goal is “…to make key climate information – models and station data – readily available to everyone….” Explore this website and you will find you can plot weather (current, past or even forecast for the next week), climate trends, sea surface temperatures (and anomalies from past average conditions) and a lot more. A good place to start is the Global Overview page; check out the many interesting links on the left margin area.

Also, here are a couple examples of how you can create maps and charts using this website. The attached images are just small examples; they are much bigger (and more readable) at the actual website:

EXAMPLE #1: Global Forecast System (GFS)…

How to create this map: click on the ‘Weather’ tab on the Menu Bar at the top of the ClimateReanalyzer home page, then click on the ‘Forecast Maps (7-days)’ drop-down menu item. You can then customize the view to the World, the hemispheres, or various geographic areas such as continents. You can also select the weather parameter, such as temperature, precipitable water, winds, cloud cover, etc. The view can be animated, or you can select views forecast at three-hour increments, up to 180-hours into the future.

EXAMPLE #2: Northern Hemisphere Annual Average Temperatures, 1871-2010…

How to create this graph: click on the ‘Climate’ tab on the Menu Bar at the top of the ClimateReanalyzer home page, then click on the ‘TimeSeries (monthly)’ drop-down menu item. Then, select your dataset (covering timeframes from 1854 to 2099), your weather parameter (such as temperature, precipitation, winds, cloud cover, etc.), your timeframes (months, seasons, or entire years), your geographic region, and your mask (land, water or none).