High resolution mean sea level pressure and ensemble spread

Wednesday 18 October, 00 UTC T+96 Valid: Sunday 22 October, 00 UTC

Ensemble forecasts explained
One 'ensemble forecast' consists of 51 separate forecasts made by the same computer model, all activated from the same starting time. The starting conditions for each member of the ensemble are slightly different, and physical parameter values used also differ slightly. The differences between these ensemble members tend to grow as the forecasts progress, that is as the forecast lead time increases.

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SCIENCE BLOG: ERA5: the new reanalysis of weather and climate data

Within the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), ECMWF is producing a detailed record of the evolution of the global atmosphere from 1950 onwards, using a method called reanalysis.

4 October 2017

Experts debate progress in limited-area modelling

Over 90 scientists from European national meteorological services and ECMWF came together at the Centre from 2 to 5 October 2017 to talk about convection and other topics in limited-area modelling.

17 October 2017

New climate reanalysis simulates Great Storm of 1987

A new climate reanalysis produced by the ECMWF-run Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has reconstructed the Great Storm that hit Britain in October 1987 in much more detail than was possible in the 1980s.

16 October 2017

Flooded road in Peru

Sharing forecasts and knowledge in emergency situations

To mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, we look at how ECMWF collaborates with the WMO to help reduce people’s exposure to weather-related disasters.

13 October 2017

Forecast charts and data

We provide current forecasts, climate reanalyses and specific datasets. These are available via the web, point-to-point dissemination, data servers and broadcasting.

09/10/2017 Five-day EFFIS fire danger forecast and 10m wind and wind gusts

Plot of the week

Strong winds helped wildfires to spread in California, contributing to high values in EFFIS CopernicusEMS 5-day fire danger forecast.


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