As you know I produce many climate maps and graphs from reanalysis data mainly using the 2M surface temperature and MSLP fields. I was blissfully unaware until recently of a web site that in one fell swoop has made a number of my applications almost superfluous. If you are as interested in climate data as I am, and I know you must, please pay the site a visit but don’t forget to come back here occasionally. The site goes under the name climatereanalyzer.org and you may already be well familiar with it. It’s aims are… forget that this is what they say their aims are:-
Climate Reanalyzer is a platform for visualizing climate and weather datasets. The site is coded and maintained by Dr Sean Birkel through support from the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. Funding has also been provided by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Grinnell Memorial Trust, and the Comer Family Foundation.climatereanalyzer.org
On this site you can access climate information using interfaces for reanalysis and historical station data. Maps, timeseries, and correlation analyses can be plotted for gridded models. Station data and model timeseries can be exported in CSV format for use in spreadsheet software.
Climate is average weather, and so Climate Reanalyzer also provides access to weather forecast models. Get a 10-day forecast timeseries for your location by using the place name search at the top-right of every page. Forecast maps from global and regional models are also available. These maps can be animated.
The most visited page on the site is Today’s Summary, which features several weather variables, including temperature departure for the current day relative to a recent climate baseline.
Here are a couple of screen shots from the Today’s Summary page:-
I have added a new menu option to the xmetman site that links to some of the pages on the site. If you use them and they don’t refresh automatically each day as they should this is probably down to local caching of the pages, so to get around just try clicking the image.