Two new fields cloud (total cloud cover) and cloud_hml (cloud cover on various levels) have been added to the maps and WRF model dataset.
In meteorology, cloud levels refer to the altitude at which clouds are in the atmosphere, and are terms used to classify clouds according to their relative altitude above the ground.
Cloud_ hml field levels are identified as high, middle and high.
Low-level clouds are generally located at or below 6,500 feet above the ground, middle-level clouds are generally located between 6,500 feet and 15,000 feet above the ground, and high-level clouds are generally located more than 15,000 feet above the ground.
The sum of these three levels constitutes the total cloudiness, expressed by the cloud field.
The new cloud fields for the WRF model offer detailed cloudiness forecasts improving the overall accuracy.
A few general changes have also been made.