Additional Model Data

Some of the links on this page link to model data that meteorologists use to make forecasts.

Note: While we have updated this page to reflect our newer mobile friendly layout, we have not reviewed the links on this model page since 2018. It is on our to-do list.

For official information on current tropical storms and hurricanes in the North Atlantic basin, visit the National Hurricane Center.

National Hurricane Center Model Data (displayed by Tropical Globe)

  • Our model site displays National Hurricane Center (NHC) model data in Google Maps and Google Earth for active storms and areas of investigation. (Areas of investigation are designated as invests with numbers from 90 to 99.) You can also view model wind and pressure data, when available, in Adobe Flash diagrams. All best track and model data is archived so you can view historic data as well. Other features of our model system include NHC model error, a center fix system containing raw center fixes by satellite and other sources and model data for the East and Central Pacific basins. For active Atlantic storms, links to each storm's data will appear at the top of most of the pages on our site.

    If you have the free program Google Earth, you can access all model data in the Atlantic Basin by saving the Google Earth file below: This file will allow you to view the latest model data when it is available for active storms and areas of investigation. NHC best track, model and fix data come from the Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting (ATCF) system. Raw ATCF data is downloaded here from the NHC's FTP server and is processed by our site to be displayed visually when new data is available.

    For a nice background to display Google Earth data on, click here for a NASA Blue Marble layer for Google Earth. If you would like a lower quality version, with the image embedded within the file, click here (5.09mb) to download it. The overlay is from August 2004. It combines higher quality imagery from here, which has been resized, that we replaced in the image overlay here, which contained lower quality imagery. Please note, this overlay may crash Google Earth if you do not have sufficient memory. Please save all the work on your computer before opening it.

    For information about other basins, visit Tropical Globe.

National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) from NOAA

  • This site has Global Forecast System (GFS) model imagery under "Model Guidance". Other model data includes: North America Mesoscale Model (NAM) and NAM-HIRES, Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS), North American Ensemble Forecast System (NAEFS), Short Range Ensemble Forecast Model (SREF), Rapid Refresh Model (RAP), High Resolution Window (HRW) and Wave Watch III Model (WW3). Under "Observations and Analyses" you can also find Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis (RTMA), Upper Air Plots (UAIR) and Skew-T Plots (SKEWT).
  • This site displays models' projected path of low pressure areas all in one image. Once on the site, click the latest time in the left frame. From that you'll see a page full of different regions and models. If you are looking for a storm that doesn't happen to be near North America, such as in the Caribbean or across the Atlantic basin, scroll down the page and there is a table for the Atlantic basin. There are a variety of models to choose from, such as a multiple model, GFS, NCEP Ensemble, NAM, SREF Ensemble, NAVGEM, FNMOC (Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center) Ensemble and CMC (Canadian Meteorological Centre). The images show the path of a low with a line and also display the forecast pressure, which is quite helpful. You can view the text files if you cannot read the pressure on the images.
Visit the Environmental Modeling Center at NCEP for more information and modeling. You can also visit the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) for other information on temperature and precipitation outlooks along with U.S. Drought Information. Two important areas of the CPC include the El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO, also known as El Niño / La Niña - About on Wikipedia) and the Madden - Julian Oscillation. (MJO - About on Wikipedia) For more climate information, visit NOAA's, where you will also find a blog about ENSO.

Global Forecast System (GFS) - Global Model - Every 6 Hours

  • Global Forecast System - Home page at NCEP
    Model data for the GFS is available on the Model Analysis and Guidance page from NCEP as previously described on this page. About the GFS.
  • Scroll down in the right column of the page to "Model Data". You can select from a variety of map types and also select an opacity if you want to be able to view other features on the map. You can zoom in and out and pan the map. The WunderMap also has ECMWF model data. Since the Weather Underground switched to a new map service, some of the features the WunderMap used to have are no longer available in the new display.

European Model (ECMWF / IFS) - Global Model - Every 12 Hours

Canadian Model (CMC / GEM) - Global Model - Every 12 Hours

The Canadian Meteorological Center's (CMC) Global Environmental Multiscale (GEM) Model.

Navy Global Environmental Model (NAVGEM) - Global Model - Every 12 Hours

This model replaced the NOGAPS in early 2013.

National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) Graphical Forecasts from NOAA

  • The National Hurricane Center has incorporated their NHC/TAFB Experimental Gridded Marine Forecasts into the proposed replacement of the National Weather Service Graphical Forecast Page. Select "Oceanic" as the geographic region and next to it select the forecast element you want to view, such as wind speed or wave heights. You can use the slider to view a different time period. You can learn more about how to use the interface here. You can view more information here on the NHC's site about the addition.

Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP)

More Model Data

  • Numerical Model Prediction at Tropical Tidbits
    The model display on this site, and the scope of products you can look at for each model, make this one of the best sites for model data. The imagery is very detailed and the site also has excellent controls to loop model data.
  • Google Maps Tropical Cyclone Tracks (experimental display) from NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
    Global model means (ECMWF, GFS, Canada, UK), ensembles (ECMWF, Canada, UK, FNMOC), NHC model data (some of the data from "aid_public" folder) and others.
    This experimental display contains model data in Google Maps. It allows you to view operational model tracks and ensemble members. The options allow you to view the model names and color coded intensity on the model lines.
    This site goes into more depth about the forecast track of lows. It shows you the line where the center is expected to travel along with some pressure and other data expected at the core. The phase diagrams are a very valuable resource to look at to learn more about the core of potential and current storms. For information about how to interpret them, click here.
  • Tropical Cyclone Guidance from by Brian Tang at University at Albany
    Tracks for GFS, ECMWF, CMC, UKMET, GEFS (US), EPS (Europe), CEPS (Canada), MOGREPS (UK) and others.
    This site has storm specific data. It has models from the NHC as well as others, including model ensembles. This site also features track and intensity trends for the GFS, ECMWF, CMC, UKMET, HWRF and others using previous runs. For track trends, the current run and previous runs are mapped on the same image, as well as the storm's actual positions.
    This site has nice graphics that you can view for the HWRF. In addition to this part of the site and the cyclone phase diagrams, you can also visit some more experimental areas of the site. (Tropical Cyclone Genesis Probabilities | Tropical Cyclone Track Probability for landfalls based on historical data)
    This site is similar the FSU site. On this site the long range GFS is available.
  • The WunderMap contains model imagery from the ECMWF and GFS that you can zoom in on and animate. The WunderMap also has other weather overlays on the map. To access model imagery in the WunderMap scroll down in the right column of the page to "Model Data".

    On the tropical weather page for the Atlantic you will also see additional model imagery (Click "Computer Models") for active storms.
  • Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project (TCGP) at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
    This site has select NHC model data plotted on images as well as model intensity data charted. It also has an archive of imagery, the latest SHIPS text output for a storm and links to other content.
  • e-WALL - The Electronic Map Wall at Pennsylvania State University (PSU)
    GFS, CMC and other models and data, including satellite imagery. Some ECMWF and UKMET model data is also available.

    Click here for Tropical Atlantic e-WALL. (Notice in the left column the satellite views, including floaters.)
  • Text model data from the NHC
    • - This folder contains a very detailed SHIPS output. The latest files, like the text model data folder, are at the bottom.
    • - The compressed files in this folder contain the raw text data that Tropical Atlantic processes to present on our site. The easiest way to view this data is the processed output that we or another site generates.
  • Various Other Sites

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Page last modified on March 17, 2021