Surface Analysis Chart (fronts)
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Can a Surface Analysis layer be added to Windy showing fronts, etc?
Since a couple of years, there is a product - generated from ECMWF model - which claims predicting warm/cold fronts, see here.
One can see product online here, and for sure data is not available for free for commercial usage... As Windy has already kinda commercial deal for ECMWF model, maybe they could try to get CDB products, too.
For each Runtime of ECMWF model, this UI shows predicted fronts for every hour within period Runtime+[0..360]h. Following choices are provided to display fronts:
- sepatately for each of the 50 scenarios of the Ensemble ECMWF model
- for all scenarios (spagetti)
Windy could well do the same, i.e. user selects himself from 1 up to to 50 scenarios to display predicted fronts (one of them could be set as default, too); such a Fronts data layer can overlay any other data layer with same validity. Actually this is how forecasters do their job with Ensemble models...
Nope, I don't care about having last word, I just want to help. Above was just said that forecasters - no, meteorologists don't draw cold/warm fronts, this is reserved to forecasters - advantageously use this way ECMWF CDB (and other) products.
If Windy users would need fronts, this is perfectly doable (and done on many professional applications). If users wouldn't like working with butterfly scenarios of Ensemble Models: graphical SIGWX products (BUFR format, available e.g. via SADIS), are available cheaper than forecast models and may overlay weather forecast model maps (of course with some extra work).