Geography of the Köppen Climate Classification System

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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, applies geography to the 100+ year old Köppen Climate Classification System. The intent of this map is to be a visual glossary of climate classifications. With it you will be able to see the actual geography that affects climate and how the geography is affected by the climate. I was very surprised that no one had ever done this before.

If you combine this map with other weather related maps on this site you can see how today’s weather matches up with the local climate classifications assigned over 100 years ago. For example, if you combine this Köppen Climate Classification System map with the 24-hour Rainfall Forecast map, you get the following result shown below.

Köppen Climate Classification System map with the 24-hour Rainfall Forecast map

Note the highlighted orange dot over the northwest which has eastward bound precipitation surrounding it. Did the (BSh) Dry (arid and semiarid) Steppe affect the weather as much as the weather affected the biome?

Another example, if you combine this Köppen Climate Classification System map with the Infrared 0.39 - 41.5 Degree map, you get the following result show below. Note how the clouds are passing east to west in Africa along the edge of the orange (BSh) Dry (arid and semiarid) Steppe and that the blue (Aw) Tropical (wet and dry or savanna) are where the storms are.

Köppen Climate Classification System map with the 24-hour Rainfall Forecast map