Weather Models

The Interpretation of weather patterns is called “analysis”. In the 1950s, all weather charts/maps were plotted by hand, but over the past few decades, advances in technology have made it possible to use computers to help make these predictions. Today, very accurate predictions can be made up to 5 days in advance using “weather models”. There are two different types of weather models:

  • Atmospheric Models - based on mathematical equations, these models explore the concept that the atmosphere will change over time but represent a limited section of the atmosphere.
  • Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) - these models forecast weather based on mathematical equations solved by high- speed computers, which plot, analyze and predict weather.