ICON(ICOsahedral Nonhydrostatic general circulation model) from the German Weather Service
2 times per day, from 00:00 and 12:00 UTC
Greenwich Mean Time:
12:00 UTC = 13:00 BST
0.02° x 0.02°
Geopotential height Temperature at 500 hPa
Geopotential height at 500 hPa (solid line)
Temperature at 500 hPa (colored, dashed)
The maps show the predominant tropospheric waves (trough or ridge).
They virtually control the ''weather'' (dry, warm / wet, cold) and the long waves
drive the smaller synoptic waves.
Thus, this upper-level chart illustrates the dynamics of our atmosphere.
The ICON dynamical core is a development initiated by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the Opens external link in current windowGermany Weather Service (DWD). This dynamical core is designed to better tap the potential of new generations of high performance computing, to better represent fluid conservation properties that are increasingly important for modelling the Earth system, to provide a more consistent basis for coupling the atmosphere and ocean and for representing subgrid-scale heterogeneity over land, and to allow regionalization and limited area implementations.
Numerical weather prediction uses current weather conditions as input into mathematical models of the atmosphere to predict the weather. Although the first efforts to accomplish this were done in the 1920s, it wasn't until the advent of the computer and computer simulation that it was feasible to do in real-time. Manipulating the huge datasets and performing the complex calculations necessary to do this on a resolution fine enough to make the results useful requires the use of some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. A number of forecast models, both global and regional in scale, are run to help create forecasts for nations worldwide. Use of model ensemble forecasts helps to define the forecast uncertainty and extend weather forecasting farther into the future than would otherwise be possible.
Wikipedia, Numerical weather prediction, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_weather_prediction
(as of Feb. 9, 2010, 20:50 UTC).