European weather, 27 monthly videos, EUMETSAT geostationary

Posted: October 6, 2013 by tchannon in Clouds, general circulation, weather

Co-moderator writes: I’ve copied an updated blog article (added September 2013) across from my own blog. I hope there is wide interest, a collated list of 5 to 10 minute videos showing cloud movement over a large part of Europe. The field of view changes some months and a few are infra-red, most are visible light, perhaps annoyingly going dark daily. Some have a sound commentary and a few have labels, perhaps detracting somewhat.

A variety of weather detail can be seen, such as high cloud streets pouring off the Norwegian mountains; convective storms “bubbling up”; general airflow such as cold air masses flowing out of the Arctic basin with typical cloud patterns.

September 2013 continues the repeated minor blocking weather over the UK, has been an erratic feature for several years. There is a south-west to north-east line where to the south-east there is dryer warmer (summer) or cooler (winter) air. Atlantic weather tending to bounce off, eastward movement diverting either to slide over western Scotland to the north or into the Mediterranean. Roughly speaking this is going on right now early October.


Image from the cold March 2013.

If you are new to these videos expect a revelation, how air moves, clouds stream, bubble.

Clouds are sometimes on several levels moving in different directions: we are looking through circulation cells from above, warm air travelling to the Arctic to shed heat and cold air spilling back on it’s journey towards the equator.

The host servers are Google YouTube. I have set it to not display related content at the end and a link does not open a new tab/window.

Each video runs for 5 to 10 minutes (player has replay speed change). Are Some are in HD 1280 x 720.

No. Date YouTube normal force html5
28 European weather October 2013 normal alt
27 European weather September 2013 normal alt
26 European weather August 2013 normal alt
25 European weather July 2013 normal alt
24 European weather June 2013 normal alt
23 European weather May 2013 normal alt
22 European weather April 2013 normal alt
21 European weather March 2013 normal alt
20 European weather February 2013 normal alt
19 European weather January 2013 normal alt
18 European weather December 2012 normal alt
17 European weather November 2012 normal alt
16 European weather October 2012 normal alt
15 European weather, September 2012 normal alt
14 European weather August 2012 normal alt
13 European weather July 2012 normal alt
12 European weather June 2012 normal alt
11 European weather May 2012 normal alt
10 European weather April 2012 normal alt
9 European weather March 2012 normal alt
8 European weather February 2012 normal alt
7 European weather January 2012 normal alt
6 European weather December 2011 normal alt
5 European weather November 2011 normal alt
4 European weather October 2011 normal alt
3 European weather September 2011 normal alt
2 European weather August 2011 normal alt
1 European weather July 2011 normal alt

Here is the EUMETSAT English web home page and a link to the image library which links to some of the YouTube videos, plus a large number of other videos. Stills are elsewhere.

EUMETSAT YouTube web site is here

Suggestions for improvement are welcome but there are practical limitations on what can be done on a blog.

Posted by Tim

Note: Updated 5th October, added Sept video, forgotten reference to  web link.

  1. ren says:

    Thank you Tim, here you can see exactly how jetstream directs the clouds and the jet stream governed by differences in temperature in the stratosphere. Sometimes just a small lock to disrupt the polar vortex. Is it January again at the South? I see this possibility.

  2. ren says:

    For comparison chart of cosmic rays from November 2012. See how these increases occurred in January 2013, now also solar activity decreases and increases GCR.

    Oulu cosmic ray monitor image

  3. ren says:

    Also, compared to September 2013 aktualniony chart solar activity.

  4. ren says:

    This is the current lock on the Bering Strait at about 17 km, which will flow south jetstreamu U.S. and successive waves of cold air.

  5. tchannon says:

    I might create a page on the Talkshop and put the list there as a resource.

    Quite a few things could be done generally.. time, effort.

  6. ren says:

    Lock is also visible at about 23 km. Below, as it moves about 5 km (500 hPa).

  7. Brian H says:

    Interesting watching airflows/clouding bouncing off mountain ranges, e.g. the Pyrenees.

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  9. tchannon says:

    Updated with video 28, October 2013. Couple of minor edits but a rewrite is not worth it.
    Put in a forgotten link to the EUMETSAT YouTube page. (thought it was already there)
    I notice they took the hint and now have a list facility for the monthly videos.

    They seem to be using lower video resolution, a pity. HTML5 seems to kick in more readily now, YouTube will have altered things, again.

    Weather highlight, it does show the storm 28th of the month but most of the activity took place in the dark, err… bumping in the night, although it isn’t that simple.

    I’ve been quiet but extremely busy on software development, some for systems here, some you will see. Quite likely a large PDF will appear about the storm, which perhaps was not quite as portrayed. As ever I could do with help from do-ers.

    Article briefly pinned to the blog front page.

  10. Roger Andrews says:

    Some of those low pressure systems look just like Fibonacci spirals 😉

  11. tchannon says:

    It is a bit whizzy in places.

  12. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    That’s great. Thanks.

    Around Noon you can see white clouds form over some areas, e.g. Italy, and other areas, e.g. Spain, become black.

    I presume that the white clouds are reflecting solar radiation and the black areas are radiating more heat than normal?

  13. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    PS I was looking at July 2013.

  14. tchannon says:

    Resisting a spoof about the sheriff and bad guys…

    What is shown in a reconstruction based on a few narrow sense frequencies so reading much more than the obvious into the patterns might mislead you.

    I think one of the more interesting features is seeing cloud shadow so that to a degree cloud height can be seen. Usefully the fact this is video means we can see cloud forms at different height sometimes moving in different directions.

  15. Richard111 says:

    Been watching Arctic ice and noted last two days show negative ice growth. Think I can see where on and wondered if winds are moving warm water northwards. Came here to look at the cloud videos again and couldn’t find them on the home page! Big shock! Found them again on the left hand menu thanks. Don’t understand enough about wind on surface water flow but it looks possible when deep lows persist over Greenland.

  16. tchannon says:

    R111, Old article was elevated to the front page with a slight change, I wrote briefly, told Rog briefly, so it was. What I haven’t done is put the information somewhere fixed on the site.
    I have an oversight meeting with a minor gov. body shortly (no you don’t want to do this), see what I can do later.

    Geostationary satellites are naff at polar, too far away which hurts instrumentation, cost of lifting the payload, etc.

    Polar orbital have far too few satellites, are messed up by radiation bands, frequent darkness (batteries are terrible things). Also messed up by darkness, loss of sensing.

    Wind sensing works mostly over ocean, eg.

    RSS do more than “RSS”,

    Not enough time to dig out the IJIS/JAXA wind stuff. (some global)
    US tends to focus on US only.

    Could try digging in Russian sources. Umm… how about looking for the northern sea route site where there is Arctic forecasting? (try one of the recent Greenpeace articles, first one where I mentioned the denial of access to the waters)

  17. tchannon says:

    Added a permanent Page with the weather videos.

    Off top menu under Portal.