An example plot of Skin Temperature from the FIM global model.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An example plot of Skin Temperature (temperature approximately 2 meters above ground level) from the FIM global model. The FIM model uses an icosahedral grid (an array of hexagons and pentagons fitted together, somewhat resembling the panels on a soccer ball, distributed evenly around the globe) which is interpolated to a latitude-longitude grid for plotting versatility. It uses an adaptive isentropic-sigma vertical coordinate system which has been used very successfully in the well known Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model, and accurate finite-volume horizontal advection.