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Latest weather observations, satellite imagery, mapped last 3 hours temperature and last 24 hours rainfall

Map display of recent weather data for observing locations

Satellite imagery
This image is obtained by the infrared channel of the MSG (Meteosat Second Generation) satellite, in geostationary orbit at 36000 km of altitude. The infrared channel can be used even in night-time, since the presence of clouds and of other meteorological structures is detected by a indirect measure of their surface temperature.

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Temperature last three hours
The map shows the average temperature of the last three hours, figured out from a network of 40 thermometric stations. The spatial distribution is based only on altitude. That means that differences between two stations located at the same altitude due, for instance, to a different aspect, are not taken into account.

Temperature ultime 3 ore

Precipitations last 24 hours
This map shows the precipitations of the last 24 hours measured from 30 rain gauges able to melt snow. The spatial distribution is based on a simple real time data interpolation.

Precipitazione ultime 24 ore

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Weather bulletin

(Issued at 16/04/2014 12:03:45)

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Sea level pressure recorded today at 7.00 am. in Aosta : 1021 hPa.
Sea level and 5500 m situation
Colour contours indicate the geopotential height at 500 hPa, while the blue isoline indicates the sea level pressure (slp). The geopotential height at a given value of pressure indicates the altitude above the sea level with this value of pressure. The geopotential height at 500 hPa is given in decametres: if you multiply by ten you get the altitude, usually between 5200 and 5700 m. Low values – grey to green to blue colours – indicate low pressures systems aloft girdling cold air, while high values – yellow to orange colours – indicate high pressures systems aloft, girdling relatively warm air.

Colour contours indicate the geopotential height at 500 hPa, while the blue isoline indicates the sea level pressure (slp). The geopotential height at a given value of pressure indicates the altitude above the sea level with this value of pressure. The geopotential height at 500 hPa is given in decametres: if you multiply by ten you get the altitude, usually between 5200 and 5700 m. Low values – grey to green to blue colours – indicate low pressures systems aloft girdling cold air, while high values – yellow to orange colours – indicate high pressures systems aloft, girdling relatively warm air.

Situation at 1500 m
The isolines indicate the geopotential height of the 850 hPa surface in decametres – usually around 1400-1500 m – while the colours indicate the temperature at this altitude in the free atmosphere. It is important to notice that the real value of temperature around 1500 m, in the Aosta Valley or in any region with a complex orography, might be very different from that of the free atmosphere, especially in the bottom of the valleys, where the thermal excursion is usually higher, being colder in wintertime and in the dark hours, and warmer in summertime and when the sun shines. The temperature of the free atmosphere is nevertheless very important, showing the true nature of the air masses.

The isolines indicate the geopotential height of the 850 hPa surface in decametres – usually around 1400-1500 m – while the colours indicate the temperature at this altitude in the free atmosphere. It is important to notice that the real value of temperature around 1500 m, in the Aosta Valley or in any region with a complex orography, might be very different from that of the free atmosphere, especially in the bottom of the valleys, where the thermal excursion is usually higher, being colder in wintertime and in the dark hours, and warmer in summertime and when the sun shines. The temperature of the free atmosphere is nevertheless very important, showing the true nature of the air masses.

Situation at 3000 m
This image represents the situation at 700 hPa – around 3000 m – and can therefore be considered representative of the Aosta Valley mountains. The relative humidity is shown by the colours and the wind by the arrows. Grey, yellow and orange colours indicate a progressive nearing to the saturation, favouring the presence of clouds at about 3000 m. The wind vectors are shown only if the wind speed exceeds 10 m/s (about 36 km/h).

This image represents the situation at 700 hPa – around 3000 m – and can therefore be considered representative of the Aosta Valley mountains. The relative humidity is shown by the colours and the wind by the arrows. Grey, yellow and orange colours indicate a progressive nearing to the saturation, favouring the presence of clouds at about 3000 m. The wind vectors are shown only if the wind speed exceeds 10 m/s (about 36 km/h).


Z (dam) and T (°C) at 850 hPa today 12Z Sea level and 5500 m situation Z (dam) and T (°C) at 850 hPa today 12Z Situation at 1500 m RH (%) and Wind at 700 hPa today 12Z Situation at 3000 m

Weather forecast

Wednesday 16/04/2014

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Thursday 17/04/2014

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Friday 18/04/2014

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Clear sky.

Clear skies likely, with some high and thin clouds from the afternoon.

Sunny skies to high clouds becoming thicker and thicker over the course of the day. Some clouds will develop near the relieves, and may bring some light precipitation near the border ones.

Winds: 3000 m from N strong becoming moderate; breezes in the valleys, with temporary foehn wind episodes in the upper ones. Winds: 3000 m moderate from N; breezes in the valleys, with foehn winds in the upper ones. Winds: 3000 m moderate to strong from NW, becoming easier from SW in the evening; foehn winds spreading in the valleys.
Temperatures: almost stable. Temperatures: almost stable in the minimum in the valleys with thermal inversions, rising elsewhere. Temperatures: further rising slightly in the minimum, decreasing sharply from the evening.
Freezing level 2500 m
Temp 1500 m 8 °
Temp 3000 m -4 °
Freezing level 1300 » 2900 m
Temp 1500 m 0 » 14 °
Temp 3000 m -4 » -2 °
Freezing level 1600 / 2200 m
Atmospheric pressure: almost stable.
Atmospheric pressure: decreasing slightly.
Atmospheric pressure: decreasing slightly.
Communications no warning. Communications no warning.
  • General outlook

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    Patchy cloudy skies during Easter period, with a mix of sunny spells and some precipitation, snowy at medium altitude. Sunnier from Tuesday.


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