NCEP Reanalyses Surface Heat Flux - North Atlantic
Graphical depictions of the surface air-sea heat fluxes for the period 1995 to present are presented on subsequent pages. They are based on the NCEP Reanalyses. The monthly climatologies for each of the heat flux components (net longwave, net shortwave, sensible, and latent) are first calculated for the 40-year period 1958-1997. A net heat flux climatology is also prepared based on these values. These climatological norms are then removed from each of the respective monthly realizations to produce the anomalous heat flux fields shown on these pages.
Anomalous (as opposed to mean) fields are presented since much of the large systematic biases suspected to be inherent in the analyses will most likely be removed in the process of subtracting the respective monthly means.