Wind maps

Wind maps show the wind speed and direction over an area for a specific time, or a period. Wind is shown as streamlines, barbs, and colours. There are also maps for gusts and wind coupled with other parameters, mainly with temperature.

Wind flows

Wind speed at 10 m and streamlines over Europe

Wind speed at 10 m and streamlines over Europe

The wind maps show the expected wind, as average wind speed for the preceeding time interval. The wind scale is uniform for all parts of the world and seasons.

The wind speed is indicated with colours and the direction with arrows or streamlines. Streamlines show direction by their orientation and wind speed by their density.

You can also find wind maps higher in altitude at a specific height in hPa.

Gusts

Wind gusts at 10 m and streamlines over Europe

Wind gusts at 10 m and streamlines over Europe

The gusts maps usually show the speed of the gusts at 10 m with colours and their direction with streamlines.

The speed shown is the maximum forecasted speed for the last time interval.

Wind / Temperature

Wind and Temperature at 700 hPa over Switzerland

Wind and Temperature at 700 hPa over Switzerland

The maps showing the wind coupled with temperatures are at a specific altitude (hPa). The temperature is then shown with a colour scale, while the wind is indicated with arrows.

The wind speed is an average of the preceeding time interval, while the temperature is the one forecasted at the specified time.

A movie shows the projected surface wind flows and temperature over a specific area.