Zonal Wind Index: Observations and Forecasts at 200mb from NOAA/Climate Prediction Center
Entry ID: NOAA_NWS_CPC_ZONAL200

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Summary
Abstract: [Source: NOAA Climate Prediction Center, http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/ ]

The zonal wind indices are obtained by averaging the daily (00Z) zonal wind anomalies over the indicated area. Note that positive values of the 200 hPa zonal wind indices imply easterly anomalies.

The zonal wind indices and their forecasts using MRF and Enesmble mean forecast data are available for the previous 120 days and they are normalized by standard deviation using 1979-1995 base period. A 3-day running mean is applied for the forecast indices.

Wind anomalies are based on the 1979-1995 period.

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: Access to 200mb zonal wind indices graphs and data.


Link: GET DATA
Description: Access to 200 millibar (mb) Zonal Winds Equator (165┬░West-110┬░West)


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Related monthly atmospheric and SST Indices


Geographic Coverage
 N: 5.0 S: -5.0  E: -110.0  W: -165.0
 Min Altitude: 200 MB  Max Altitude: 200 MB

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: NOAA/NWS/CPC
Dataset Title: 200 hPa Zonal wind index: Observation and Forecasts
Dataset Series Name: NOAA/NWS/CPC Indices and Forecasts
Dataset Release Date: ongoing
Dataset Release Place: Camp Springs, MD
Dataset Publisher: NOAA National Weather Service, Center for Climate Prediction
Online Resource: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/daily_ao_index/...


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1979-01-01


Location Keywords
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > EQUATORIAL
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > TROPICS


Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: Daily, Monthly


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >UPPER LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Keywords
climate index
climate indices
forecast indices
atmospheric circulation
climate change
wind anomalies


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
NOAA/NWS/CPC


Data Center
Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: DONALD GARRETT
Email: Donald.Garrett at noaa.gov



Distribution
Distribution_Media: online www
Distribution_Format: ASCII, graphs
Fees: none


Personnel
DONALD GARRETT
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: Donald.Garrett at noaa.gov


SCOTT A. RITZ
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 301-614-5126
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-02-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-11-04

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