# Why is the air above the Himalayas warmer than surrounding areas?

Looking at earth.nullschool.net on 13.09.2021 you can see that the temperature above the Himalayas appear warmer than the surroundings (at 700 hPa):

At the surface it looks more like one would expect with lower temperatures than the surroundings:

I'm guessing the explanation is connected to the difference in elevation. And that for some altitudes, temperatures closer to the surface (but not at the surface) are higher. Still, the same effect is not to be seen in other mountain areas in Europe and North America:

Any suggestions?

• When you check the 500 hPa map, you see distinct air movements from the west and southwest across the Himalaya range. So the slightly warmer air over the Tibetan plateau could be a result of adiabatic processes.
– Erik
Sep 13 at 12:48
• Heard of the Tibetan plateau and how it is warmer than simiar locations with comparable height ? Sep 13 at 15:28
• @gansub Thanks for the feedback! Would you care to quickly comment on why such questions are inappropriate for this sub? And no, I don't know why the Tibetan plateau is warmer. But I'd love to hear more about it! Sep 13 at 15:32
• @gansub Ah, sorry! Typo on my part. Thanks for the edit. The whole idea for writing up the date was to let people know that the images were from this particular date. Sep 13 at 15:38
• @vestland The 850 hPa and isobaric surfaces below do intersect with the ground. Check my answer here on the Tibetan plateau - earthscience.stackexchange.com/questions/9246/… Sep 13 at 16:03