Woodland Park Weather

 Latitude N 38° 59' 53"    Longitude W 105° 03' 03"    Elevation 8579 ft

World Wind Map

By clicking on the "Earth" logo on the image below, you will be taken to the nullschool.net website where you can have a full global view of atmospheric conditions anywhere around the Earth. It allows you to Zoom in or out with your mouse wheel and also click and drag to change your view. It also allows you to define which data you wish to see. When on the site, click on the "Earth" logo to view all of your choices. The data on the site is updated every three hours. This map was created by Cameron Beccario at nullschool.net.
Enjoy, Learn, Wonder!!

    ........Some notes about wind charts.......

  • Surface Charts: all barometric pressure readings are "reduced" to sea level (SLP) in order to produce a mean sea level surface analysis

  • Constant Pressure Charts: standard pressure levels include 850 mb, 700 mb, 500 mb, 300 mb, 250 mb and 200 mb ; note that constant altitude charts would convey similar information (e.g., 5700 m chart would look similar to a 500 mb chart); below are some numbers one must commit to memory:

    	  Pressure    Approx.         Approx.
    	  Level       Altitude	      Altitude
    	  850 mb      5,000 feet      1,500 m
    	  700 mb     10,000 feet      3,000 m
    	  500 mb     18,000 feet      5,500 m
    	  300 mb     30,000 feet      9,000 m
    	  250 mb     35,000 feet     10,500 m
    	  200 mb     39,000 feet     12,000 m

  • 1 meter = 3.281 feet ; 1 degree latitude = 60 nautical miles (69 statute miles)

  • 850 mb Chart: location of the low-level jet (which transports heat and moisture northward); useful in identifying frontal boundaries; the 0° C isotherm provides a crude rain/snow line; this becomes a "fictitious" level for those places with elevations above 1500 m (e.g., Denver, CO)

  • 700 mb Chart: this level intersects many clouds, thus moisture distribution is important; dry intrusions at this level are a precursor to severe weather; weak surface low pressure systems will be "driven" by the flow at this level

  • 500 mb Chart: this level is used to determine the location of short waves and long waves (associated with ridges and troughs in the air flow pattern); absolute vorticity is plotted at this level; moderate to strong low pressure systems will be "driven" by the flow at this level

  • 300 mb, 250 mb & 200 mb Charts: these levels are located near the top of the troposphere and in the lower stratosphere; the jetstream winds and jetstreaks are found near these levels; important levels for confluence/difluence

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