What's in a monthly mean?

This site displays full-resolution time-height GCM outputs, oriented toward clouds & cloud radiative forcing, at several columns.

Plots for every month at every site can be selected by clicking
on a background 'index' scatterplot of longitude vs. monthly-mean 500mb vertical velocity
(omega, vertical axis), with color coding according to top-of-atmosphere (TOA)
cloud radiative forcing. The idea is that descending columns tend to have low cloud
and hence negative TOA CRF. It's noisy of course!

Clickable Longitude vs. monthly-mean Omega diagrams of NCAR CAM column outputs

Clickable Longitude vs. monthly-mean Omega diagrams of GFDL AM2 column outputs

The pop-up plots for each site-month look like the following:

TOP: TOA CRF- SW and LW components

SECOND ROW: time-height section of RH and cloud fraction

THIRD ROW: omega (color) and condensed water (overlay)

FOURTH ROW: some statistics plots

The plots should be self explanatory, if a bit detailed.
Once you understand the plot format (from a larger PNG figure)
the smaller JPEG images are fairly informative at a glance.

Raw data, and simpler site-month quick-look plots, are available
at the Centers:

GFDL's AM2 Single Column Output
NCAR's CAM3 Single Column Output

This is a part of the Climate Process Team (CPT) on Low-Latitude Cloud Feedbacks on Climate Sensitivity.
See that site for more background information.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0555796. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Comments to: Brian Mapes (bmapes@rsmas.miami.edu)