Remember that cool world wind map I blogged about last week? Well, it turns out you can get the exact same information, with the same mesmerizing graphics, on your iDevice via a new weather app called MeteoEarthHD. In conjunction with a good weather prediction app (Yahoo’s free Weather! app is surprisingly great, with all sorts of information made available as you scroll), MeteoEarth is like having an entire weather bureau in your pocket. It shows you any part of the planet in a satellite view, at quite a few zoom levels, with the option of adding an overlay for temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, pressure, or wind. There’s also a webcam overlay, allowing you to view footage from webcams all over the world. (I confess to a feeling of nostalgia when I tapped the Willamette Pass webcam and looked at that familiar mountain highway with snow on its shoulders.)
Of course, the wind overlay is my favorite. We’ve been watching yet another wind gyre stirring things up in the north Atlantic, and the prediction was that it would drop down and affect our quiet little corner of the Iberian Peninsula late this morning. It did exactly as predicted, so I took a screenshot of MeteoEarth’s visualization while the wind was rattling our windows:
Loulé is down at the south end of Portugal. You can see that we were right on the edge of the red (highest) wind speeds, and fully in the green (slower than red but still fast).
This evening I took a second screenshot. Note that night is sweeping over Europe, and the app shows that in a night view complete with city lights.
Now the high wind speeds have shifted up above the peninsula, and Loulé is hardly getting any wind at all. This corresponds with what is happening outside my window, which is a good testament to the accuracy of the mapping.
And it should be accurate, because MeteoEarth is adapted from the same program that weather experts use in their predictions. It’s an incredibly powerful tool to have at hand, and you can get it for both iOS and Android. If you’re a weather geek, a map geek, or just a general geek, go check it out.