Earth Wind Map, a hypnotic and interactive weather map

Earth wind map

Image obtained from Earth Wind Map

A new computer application, Earth Wind Map, visible on the internet and within the reach of all users, allows us to observe in a visual, aesthetically beautiful way and, what is more important, updated data on wind currents that are taking place along the way. across the planet.

The US National Global Weather Forecast Service (GFS) is in charge of keeping track of the weather. Time in the world. It is an invaluable repository of information, but its data, shown in diagrams Day-glow of numerical origin, they are not the easiest way to visualize them without having a meteorology degree.

This is where the Earth Wind Map can help. This one takes the data from the GFS updating it every 3 hours and transferring it to a dynamic map. The result is a very visual and attractive representation of the wind currents that are being produced on the planet almost in real time.

What is the Earth Wind Map?

Cameron Beccario, a GFS programming engineer, has created a rotatable and magnified globe that provides a visualization of the weather conditions predicted for Earth. It is updated every three hours thanks to a supercomputer. This representation (Earth wind map) It can help us greatly to interpret the time more easily and visually. Even accurate intensity and direction data can be observed at a given point.

Like the US-specific wind maps created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg early last year, the Earth Wind Map is interactive. By clicking on the globe and dragging, the map will rotate on its axis and after a few seconds the data will appear reflected in the form of meandering lines.

Gentle breezes will be represented as thin strands of green and strong winds will be represented by lines in deep yellow, while stronger currents will be represented by red.

To tilt or rotate the globe we must click with the mouse at a point and without releasing the button, move in the direction towards which we want to tilt or rotate it. To zoom in, you just have to double click on the point you want to zoom in.

In short, we are talking about a very complete tool, since it uses numerical data from various sources of meteorological information, updated every three hours, resulting in a very visual sphere that not only shows global data but also localized.

This tool, unthinkable a few years ago, is one more help to know and interpret meteorological information, especially for less specialized lovers of this complex science.

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Sources: Earth.nullschool


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