weather

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Thermal structure of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico. This visualization by Joshua Stevens at NASA shows what the thermal structure of the storm looked like, based on data collected by the Terra satellite. Colder clouds, which are generally higher in the atmosphere, are shown with white. Somewhat warmer, lower clouds appear purple. The image reveals a very well-defined eye surrounded by high clouds on all sides—an indication that the storm was...

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Cost of Hurricane Harvey

Kevin Quealy for The Upshot charted the estimated cost of Hurricane Harvey, along with the cost of storms past, going back to 1980. I like the animated bands for the Harvey estimates — kind of like a neon light. If you’re interested in the data, you can grab it from NOAA. Tags: hurricane, Upshot, weather

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xkcd: Ensemble model

That xkcd is such a joker. Munroe should start a comic. Tags: forecasting, humor, weather

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Harvey rainfall map

In case you didn’t here, Houston is getting some rain due to Hurricane Harvey. The Washington Post provides a map that shows the cumulative rainfall since Friday morning through Sunday morning. Also worth coming back to: the flooding piece from last year by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. Tags: hurricane, Washington Post, weather

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Change in rain, 2016

In some areas of the United States it poured down rain, which caused historic floods, and in other areas there was a lack of rain, which caused historic drought. The Washington Post has a map for that. Purple means less rain than usual, and green means more. Tags: rain, Washington Post, weather

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Century of Florida hurricanes

Florida has seen a lot of hurricanes come and go. Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post looks at all the hurricanes that made their way towards the state over the past 100 years. The thought of a hurricane freaks me out. This must be how non-Californians feel about earthquakes. Tags: Florida, hurricane, weather

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Hurricane Matthew en route

Stay safe, Florida. Tags: hurricane, weather

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Seoul’s Steamy Summer

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I’ve been away from Seoul for much of the summer, but now that I’m back it’s impossible not to hear all the complaining — among expats...

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Are People in Colder Countries Taller? (Continued…)

Earlier this week I posted two scatterplots examining the relationship between a country’s average temperature and its male residents’ average height. The data show some correlation, but there probably are several of other factors affecting height as well. The earlier plots shaded the country dots by income and region, allowing more context about the groupings of countries (hint: Europe is colder and taller). This next version, however, proportionally sizes the...

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Are People in Colder Countries Taller?

I got married in Amsterdam. One thing I remember most about my time in The Netherlands is the obvious height of the locals. Both men and women, generally, are quite tall. A new study supports my anecdotal observation. Dutch men are the tallest people in the World (women there are second), followed closely by some of their European neighbors. People in Southeast Asian and African countries are, on the other...

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