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.

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.