Met Office Charts

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Surface pressure forecast
We’ve upgraded

This page will be removed later in the year and may not contain the latest information. Please use our new pages:
Surface pressure charts

Why have we done this?

These charts of surface pressure, from analysis (T+0) to the 84-hour forecast (T+84) are produced daily around 0730 UTC.

> http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/surface_pressure.html

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Improvements to your website
The Met Office provides forecasts and warnings for the UK via a number of different platforms including our web site, mobile phones and widgets. Over the past two years we have been trialling some new methods of presenting weather forecasts on our Invent web site. We are now giving our web site a fresh new look, implementing some of the things you've been asking for in feedback and moving showcase products onto our operational website.

The new site has been running in Beta for the past 6 months and is now live as our operational website.

The aim of this page is to give you an overview of the reasons for these changes, what the key changes are and the benefits to you as a visitor.
Reasons for change

There are a number of reasons why we have updated our web site.

We regularly receive feedback on our web site together with suggestions for additional content. We have incorporated the main points of this feedback in our new design and content for example easier navigation and more forecast locations.
Consultation

Consultation has been carried out over the past 12 months with key stakeholders across all areas of our business to identify the information you need and expect to find when visiting our website. We have incorporated the main findings from this consultation for example extending three-hourly forecasts out to five days ahead.
Science and technology advances

Since we last updated our web site there have been significant advances in both science and technology leading to the development of new products and ways of displaying content. These have been showcased on the Invent section of our web site over the past 18 months for example temperature range forecasts and timelines and have received good feedback. Now we are moving much of this work on to our main operational web site.
Key changes

Here are some of the key changes you will see on our new updated site.
Updated web site look and feel

We have now launched our new web site after running it in Beta for the past six months to gather feedback. The web site has a new refreshed look and feel as well as improved navigation and new content.
New homepage

The home page has been redesigned based on your feedback to include much more weather information and a new 'widget' style approach which allows you to select what information you see. Over the coming year we expect to introduce more of these tailored to specific uses for example Pollen count for hay fever sufferers.
Improved navigation

We have taken on board feedback to improve site navigation. You can now get a quick view of your key weather information from the homepage and more detailed content in less than three clicks. We have grouped weather content together in a tabbed approach to make it easier to swap between different content e.g. mapped or tabulated forecasts. All content throughout the site can easily be accessed using the new menu bar navigation.
Increased customisation

We have increased the customisation options so that you can decide what content you would like to see on your weather pages. You can switch off content which is not of interest and choose your units for temperature, wind speed etc.
Increase number of forecast sites

We now have forecasts available for over 5000 locations around the UK. This includes an additional 450 beach locations as part of our new beach safety content. We have included a range of places including residential locations, places of interest, beaches and mountain summits.
Pan and zoom maps

We have incorporated pan and zoom maps on our weather pages, so that your can navigate quickly and easily around the UK and zoom in on areas of interest, allowing you to see more detailed information for your area.
Timescales and next steps

Our new web site was launched at the end of March 2012. Over the coming months we will be working on moving any remaining content, such as general marine and climate information, across to the new web site. We'll also be continuing to refresh the content of our Products and Services and Research sections, as well as making further updates and improvements to the site.

For more information about the changes please see our FAQ section.

You can provide your feedback on our new web site via the contact us section.
Last Updated: 28 March 2012

Improvements to your website
The Met Office provides forecasts and warnings for the UK via a number of different platforms including our web site, mobile phones and widgets. Over the past two years we have been trialling some new methods of presenting weather forecasts on our Invent web site. We are now giving our web site a fresh new look, implementing some of the things you've been asking for in feedback and moving showcase products onto our operational website.

The new site has been running in Beta for the past 6 months and is now live as our operational website.

The aim of this page is to give you an overview of the reasons for these changes, what the key changes are and the benefits to you as a visitor.
Reasons for change

There are a number of reasons why we have updated our web site.
Feedback

We regularly receive feedback on our web site together with suggestions for additional content. We have incorporated the main points of this feedback in our new design and content for example easier navigation and more forecast locations.
Consultation

Consultation has been carried out over the past 12 months with key stakeholders across all areas of our business to identify the information you need and expect to find when visiting our website. We have incorporated the main findings from this consultation for example extending three-hourly forecasts out to five days ahead.
Science and technology advances

Since we last updated our web site there have been significant advances in both science and technology leading to the development of new products and ways of displaying content. These have been showcased on the Invent section of our web site over the past 18 months for example temperature range forecasts and timelines and have received good feedback. Now we are moving much of this work on to our main operational web site.
Key changes

Here are some of the key changes you will see on our new updated site.
Updated web site look and feel

We have now launched our new web site after running it in Beta for the past six months to gather feedback. The web site has a new refreshed look and feel as well as improved navigation and new content.
New homepage

The home page has been redesigned based on your feedback to include much more weather information and a new 'widget' style approach which allows you to select what information you see. Over the coming year we expect to introduce more of these tailored to specific uses for example Pollen count for hay fever sufferers.
Improved navigation

We have taken on board feedback to improve site navigation. You can now get a quick view of your key weather information from the homepage and more detailed content in less than three clicks. We have grouped weather content together in a tabbed approach to make it easier to swap between different content e.g. mapped or tabulated forecasts. All content throughout the site can easily be accessed using the new menu bar navigation.
Increased customisation

We have increased the customisation options so that you can decide what content you would like to see on your weather pages. You can switch off content which is not of interest and choose your units for temperature, wind speed etc.
Increase number of forecast sites

We now have forecasts available for over 5000 locations around the UK. This includes an additional 450 beach locations as part of our new beach safety content. We have included a range of places including residential locations, places of interest, beaches and mountain summits.
Pan and zoom maps

We have incorporated pan and zoom maps on our weather pages, so that your can navigate quickly and easily around the UK and zoom in on areas of interest, allowing you to see more detailed information for your area.
Timescales and next steps

Our new web site was launched at the end of March 2012. Over the coming months we will be working on moving any remaining content, such as general marine and climate information, across to the new web site. We'll also be continuing to refresh the content of our Products and Services and Research sections, as well as making further updates and improvements to the site.

For more information about the changes please see our FAQ section.

You can provide your feedback on our new web site via the contact us section.
Last Updated: 28 March 2012

> http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/help/guides/web-improvements

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Surface Pressure Charts
Surface pressure charts showing pressure and weather fronts are provided out to five days ahead for Europe and the North West Atlantic.

Key to symbols
Interpreting weather charts (PDF)
UK forecast
UK observations

These charts show the surface pressure pattern using isobars (lines of equal pressure) and indicate areas of high (H) and low pressure (L) along with their central pressure value. Isobars are represented by solid lines. High pressure is usually associated with settled weather while low pressure is normally associated with unsettled weather. Fronts are also displayed.

An actual analysis chart is issued along with forecast charts out to five days ahead. These are updated every 12 hours around 0730 and 1930, with the exception of charts for days four and five which are only issued once per day at 0730.

Click on the appropriate time step on the timeline to view a chart for a particular time. You can also animate the charts by clicking on the play button.

A guide to interpreting weather charts can be found via the related links box.

> http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/surface-pressure/

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The "new charts look suspiciously like the ones FREEly AND READILY available on a number of European met agency websites a good deal sooner than I suspect they will be available to the people who paid for and OWN them.

Would I be cynical for suspecting this is a sop to get them the new toy for Christmas they have always wanted?"

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