Generate soundings from Rapid Refresh (RAP), GFS, NAM, and other Model Analyses and Forecasts, RAOBS, or Aircraft (restricted)

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Latest version: 23-Feb-2021. See change details for more information.

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For up-to-date status of RAP/RR model Runs, see RAP status (Bak40,and Bak20).

Instructions | Latest Op40 analysis is valid at 22:00 UTC | Latest Bak40 analysis is valid at 23:00 UTC

Initial data source: Op40 (to 18h, NCEP 13km RAP on CONUS 40km grid, hourly) or
Bak40 (to 24h, GSL 13km RAP on CONUS 40km grid, hourly, formerly "MAPS") or
NAM (to 15h, 3-hourly) or
GFS (Global, 0.5° grid, 3 and 6 hourly) or
RAOBs or Aircraft (restricted) or
--- slower-to-load, high-server-load, or special purpose soundings below ---
RETRO (special restores) or CIMSS (special RAOBs)
Start Valid Time: Latest, or - : UTC
Number of hours:        Desired forecast projection
Name(s), "lat,lon",
or RAOB-WMO-ID(s):
Site(s):
Site info: METARs, Airports,
RAOB locations, latest RAOB times.
(Explanation of GSL format | parameters for text requests,)

OLD java plots, soon to be unsupported:

For information on interpreting these soundings, please see the following:
  • Practical Use of Meteorological Models and Visulization Tools for Soaring Forecasters Presentation by Walt Rogers at the 2016 Soaring Society of American National Convention (Greenville NC).
  • The NWS Publication The Front from Feb 2004. (The web site has been updated a bit from what is shown in the article, but this is an excellent reference for pilots nonetheless.)
  • Tutorial on upper air plots from the University of Washington


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    Please send questions about this page to one or more of the following people.
    • webmaster-amb.gsl for technical questions about the java display (such as a blank screen)
    • Brian Jamison for questions about soundings and the SkewT display in general, and about RAOB soundings
    • John M. Brown for questions about model soundings (types of models, available forecasts, latency, etc.)

    Model soundings provided by the RAP/HRRR team,
    RAOB data provided by Mark Govett and Brian Jamison

    Last modified: 22-Feb-2021

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