Phenomena

Wind and Waves Visualized

Much like the wind map we featured previously, designer Cameron Beccario’s visualizations of wind and ocean surface current data draw from near-real-time sources to create a stunning picture of fluid dynamics on a planetary scale. The number of options in terms of projections and data are really quite incredible, and you’ll want to play around to get a real sense for it. Want to see the wind and total precipitable water at 1000 hPa? Here you go. Maybe you prefer studying Pacific ocean currents. All the data are there to play with. People often wonder why weather forecasts aren’t always right, but, when you look at the scale and complexity of these flows, it’s almost a wonder that we can predict them at all. (Image credits:C. Beccario/earth; via skunkbear and io9)

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