The Iowa Environmental Mesonet (IEM) collects environmental data from cooperating members with observing networks. The data are stored and made available on this website.
High 500hPa Heights
Posted: 18 Jul 2018 05:35 AM, Views: 31
The featured chart depicts May, June, and July yearly averaged 500 hPa level heights from the Omaha area sounding site. This year's value, so far, is the highest on record and an indicator of the warm conditions that have prevailed during this period. Soundings are the twice daily released balloons that profile the temperature, pressure, humidity and wind condition of the atmosphere. The high height of the 500 hPa surface is an indication of warmth of the air between the ground surface and that height.
Previous Years' Features
Data from the Iowa State Soil Moisture Network is found on this website and daily soil temperature averages are used to produce the highlighted analysis.
Besides point observations of precipitation, the IEM also processes gridded rainfall products made available by NOAA. This information is archived and made available in GIS ready formats.
The IEM combines data from participating networks into products like maps shown above and web applications to analyze the data.