Geopotential Height
upper air station reports

The value highlighted in yellow located in the upper right corner (in the diagram above) represents the geopotential height of a given pressure surface in meters (as reported by weather balloons).

Geopotential Height approximates the actual height of a pressure surface above mean sea-level. Therefore, for the example given above, the height of the pressure surface on which the observation was taken is 5800 meters.

When a collection of geopotential height reports are contoured on a given pressure surface, we are able to identify upper air troughs and ridges, which are very important influences on surface weather conditions.

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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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