The Animation Maps web pages are useful to analyze the time evolution of atmospheric circulation and tropical convective activity.
The web pages cover four areas:
the Asian Region,
the Northern Hemisphere,
the Southern Hemisphere and
the Global Area.
Data for use in monitoring tropical convective activity and circulation (such as OLR, velocity potential and stream function) are available on the Asian Region and Global Area pages, and data on major elements for use in monitoring extratropical circulation (such as sea level pressure, 500 hPa geopotential height and 850 hPa temperature) shown on polar stereographic charts are available on the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere pages, Animation Maps are available for the period from 1958 to two days prior, and are updated every day. Please refer to the detail explanation document.
Time-longitude cross sections of three and seven day mean OLR, velocity potential, zonal wind and SST are useful in monitoring intraseasonal oscillations of and related to the Asian monsoon. These products are available for the period since 1979, and are updated every day.