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Pacific Ocean Atmospheric Models

This page provides links for obtaining atmospheric models like the RUC, MM-5, AVN, MRF, NGP that depict forecast weather across the Pacific Ocean. It also has links to custom model tools.

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POWERTOOLS
Surface Level Pressure (SLP) Forecasts

 

FORECAST SUITES and DATA

Northern Hemisphere

Mid/Long-term Links

North Pacific GFS Surface Pressure (University of Hawaii) Great detailed full North Pacific Surface Pressure from the GFS Model (0 - 180 hrs and includes animations).

North Pacific GFS Surface Winds (University of Hawaii) Same as above but shows surface winds (actually 1000 mb winds) from the GFS Model (0 - 180 hrs and includes animations).

9 Day Northern Hemisphere MRF (polar view). (Purdue/UNISYS) One image displays each day of the northern hemi 9 day forecast. This is a good long range/quick-look starting place. View 12 hour increments of the forecast using the bar at the top of the page. Select an individual view of any 12 hour period using the grey bar at the top of the page. 

GFS (NOAA). READY is not an easy to use tool, but you can build every image to your specifications, one at a time. Provides the quickest/most current model updates too. Use the GFS models.

Local Wind Forecasts (arranged from less to more detailed order)

Very Short-Term North Pacific Models (NCEP) Use RUC and ETA models to get good local view of forecast wind data for the United States

MM-5 Forecast for Western US Coast (University of Washington) Move down the page to the "36 km Domain".  Use the row titled: "SLP, 10 m winds, 925 mb temperature". Just click on any of the forecast hours to the right. Great presentation of surface pressure and winds up to 48 hours in advance. Be sure to select "36k Domain" as the smaller (12km or 4 km) view does not depict the Bay Area.

MM-5 Forecast for San Francisco Bay Area Winds (NPS-D.Miller) Select 'Surface Winds'. Hard to view but best local wind forecast available.

MM-5 Forecast for anywhere in the US and Mexico (NOAA) READY is not an easy to use tool, but you can build every image to your specifications, one at a time. Provides the quickest/most current model updates too. Use one of the MM-5 models options.

High Seas Forecast

North Pacific High Seas Forecast (NOAA) Good technical discussion about the northeast Pacific winter swell window. Use in conjunction with AVN and NOAA Wave Model forecasts. Backup Link1, Backup Link 2

 

Southern Hemisphere

Mid/Long-term Links

South Pacific AVN Surface Pressure (University of Hawaii) Great detailed full South Pacific Surface Pressure from the AVN Model (0 - 180 hrs and includes animations).

South Pacific AVN Surface Winds (University of Hawaii) Same as above but shows Surface Winds (actually 1000 mb winds) from the AVN Model (0 - 180 hrs and includes animations).

WAFS Surface Pressure for the South Pacific This is a reasonably good presentation of surface pressure and precipitation for the New Zealand region and Southwest Pacific. Only good out to 72 hrs.

 

North and South Hemisphere

AVN, MRF, and NGP Models (FNMOC) This is a good site with lot's of model links. From a surfing perspective, the Surface Level Pressure (SLP) charts are the best this site has to offer.  A Powertool view of all images (normally about 14 images) are provided in the table below by clicking on "SLP".  Otherwise, if you want the full list of available options, or want to select one image at a time (if you have dial-up access) select "Others".

Location Model Type/Output
  GFS NGP COMAPS
Western North Pacific SLP
Others
SLP
Others
   
Eastern North Pacific SLP
Others
SLP
Others
   
South Pacific near Australia/New Zealand SLP
Others
SLP
Others
   
South America SLP
Others
SLP
Others
   
Central America     SLP
Others
Wind
East Pacific     SLP
Others
Wind

 

6 Day MRF polar view (IGES/COLA) Not real detailed. Also Australia Continent, South America and East Asia.

 

Backup Links

MRF (6 Day) Forecast (GRADS/IGES) Select Sea Level Pressure (SLP) and 850 mb winds)

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