Climate models, they just don’t make ’em like they used to.

Of course, that may not be a bad thing. Like an Atari to an Xbox One, a Nokia brick to an iPhone 6, climate models have come a long way since their early predecessors. In a video recently published by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, you can see just how much of an update computer-run models have undergone from their humble beginnings in the 1950s.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The video shows one of the first global climate models ever created as it models weather in the northern hemisphere from a polar view. The grainy video and barely there colors are a far cry from the splashy model outputs of today, but all the climate indicators you’d expect are there from the familiar — precipitation and high and low pressure systems — to the weather-nerd friendly — geopotential heights and atmospheric temperature.