The Forecast Model Contouring Machine

This gives you forecast data from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)'s operational RUC, WRF, or GFS models. Also, if you get no data or if data is incomplete, the data may still be coming in. Try 30 minutes later, or an hour later for the Aviation model.


Step one: Choose Your Model

Select One:

RUC (Hourly analysis/3 hour forecast) RUC (12 hour forecast every 3 hours) WRF GFS 120 hour GFS 240 hour


Choose What You Would Like to Contour:


 Temperature
 Dewpoint
 Dewpoint Depression
 Pressure
 Precipitation
 Vertical Velocity
 Q-Vectors
 Q-Vector Convergence
 Wind Velocity
 Geostrophic Wind Velocity
 Ageostrophic Wind Velocity
 Ageostrophic Wind Vectors
 Wind Convergence
 Wind Vectors
 Wind Streamlines
 Moisture Convergence
 Moisture Advection
 Relative Humidity
 Pressure Tendency
 Theta
 Theta-E
 Mixing Ratio
 Wet Bulb Temperature
 Relative Vorticity
 Absolute Vorticity
 Potential Vorticity
 Vorticity Advection
 Vorticity Advection
 1000-850MB Thickness
 1000-700MB Thickness
 1000-500MB Thickness
 850-700MB Thickness
 Helicity (WRF only)
 CAPE (For
Surface-based, use "Entire Sounding" Level; For Mean Layer, Use "Mean
Layer" Level Below--WRF and GFS Only)
 Convective Inhibition
(For Surface Based, use "Entire Sounding" Level; For Mean Layer, Use Mean
Layer Level Below--NAM and GFS Only)
 Surface-Based Lifted Index (WRF)
 4 Layer Lifted Index (WRF, RUC)
 Showalter Index
 Energy-Helicity Index
 Surface Composite Image
 Surface Composite Image #2
 Surface Composite Image #3
 Surface Composite Image
 1000MB Composite Image
 850MB Composite Image
 850MB Composite Image #2
 700MB Composite Image
 500MB Composite Image
 500MB Composite Image #2
 300MB Composite Image
 Composite 4 Panel Image
 Rel. Hum./L.I. Composite Image

Choose Type Of Contours....


Color Filled Solid Solid Lines, Negative Values Dashed Dashed


Choose Height Level


Sea Level 1000MB 950MB 900MB 850MB 700MB 500MB 300MB 250MB Entire Sounding Parameters (IE, Helicity, LI, SBCAPE, CIN) Mean Layer (IE, MLCAPE)


Choose Color Of Contour....


Red Yellow Green Blue White Black Cyan Light Red Light Green Light Blue Light Cyan Light Magenta


Step Two: Choose Your Forecast Time

(NOTICE!!: For the RUC, every 3 hours through 12 hours only; for the WRF, every 6 hours through 48 hours only. For the GFS, every 6 hours through 240 hours starting February, 2005..

Select One:

0 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72 84 96 108 120 132 144 156 168 180 192 204 216 228 240


Step Three: Decide Region

Select One:


 United States
 Southern Plains
 Midwest
 Southeast
 Northwest
 Northeast
 Southwest
 Appalachian Mts.
 Atlantic States
 Rocky Mountains
 Pacific Ocean
 Gulf Of Mexico
 Eastern Canada
 Western Canada


Or By State....


 Alabama
 Arkansas
 Arizona
 Northern California
 Southern California
 Colorado
 Connecticut
 Delaware
 Florida
 Northern Florida
 Southern Florida
 Georgia
 Idaho
 Illinois
 Indiana
 Iowa
 Kansas
 Kentucky
 Louisiana
 Maine
 Massachusetts
 Maryland
 L.P. Of Michigan
 U.P. Of Michigan
 Minnesota
 Mississippi
 Missouri
 Montana
 Nebraska
 Nevada
 New Hampshire
 New Jersey
 New Mexico
 New York
 North Carolina
 North Dakota
 Ohio
 Oklahoma
 Oregon
 Pennsylvania
 Rhode Island
 South Carolina
 South Dakota
 Tennessee
 Texas
 Texas Panhandle
 Texas North
 Texas Central
 Texas South
 Utah
 Vermont
 Virginia
 Washington
 Wisconsin
 West Virginia
 Wyoming


Step Five: Decide Background Color

Select One:

 White 
 Black


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