A Fine Mesh Sea-Level Pressure Analysis Scheme Incorporating Effects of Elevation and Terrain
NAVAL ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION RESEARCH FACILITY MONTEREY CA
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The document describes a fine mesh sea-level pressure analysis scheme for the Mediterranean area with a grid length of approximately 50 n mi. The analysis scheme is an adaptation of the Fields by Information Blending methodology, Sea-Level Pressure version FIBSLP for the northern hemisphere. The effect of orography is included. To test the accuracy of the fine mesh FIB SLP, a case study including high resolution satellite pictures from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program DMSP system was compiled. This case study, which includes two of the most significant regional winds of the Mediterranean, showed that the analysis scheme is capable of distinguishing between similar pressure patterns which produce considerably different wind regimes.