Mesmerizing map

I could stare at this for hours:

Earth wind map

Well, not this image exactly, because it’s a screenshot. But if you go to the Earth Wind Map site, you can watch the wind currents of the Earth moving in real time. It’s a hell of a feat of mapping, data crunching, and mathematics, and it’s beautiful.

You can rotate the planet using your mouse (or finger, on an iDevice) to focus on your areas of personal interest, or to check out where the coolest gyres and interactions are. You can also zoom in for more detail.

After a few days of watching this, I’m beginning to see how vulnerable the UK is to weather, and how often there’s a calm strip in the north-central Atlantic, which corresponds almost exactly with the entrance to the Mediterranean. And if you want to see something really interesting, pull up Antarctica and watch the wind currents all around it. I’ll be curious to see how these summer winds compare to what it will look like six months from now.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Mesmerizing map

  1. Jackie says:

    The earth wind map is awesome and as I live in the UK, maybe it goes some way to explain our fascination with the weather. We had some dreadful weather before Christmas that left many people without power and with flood water in their houses and, unfortunately, there is more bad weather on the way. Happy New Year!

  2. Emily says:

    Cool! Is this from the same person who made the US wind map?

  3. Cathy White says:

    Really quite hypnotic, and beautiful patterns. Another bookmark lol. Happy New Year everyone.

  4. Lisa Shaw says:

    Hmm, so this proves what I have long suspected since my cycling days: the wind DOES move in circles and spirals. No matter which way you’re going some days, the wind is in your face. 😉 Interesting to note how little wind there is over my part of the US today. It’s pretty much clear blue.

  5. xenatuba says:

    Yup, mesmerizing is right. Wish I’d looked at it during the recent “polar vortex”; I think that would have been quite interesting.

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