weather

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Maps of natural disasters and extreme weather

For The Washington Post, Tim Meko mapped floods, tornados, hurricanes, extreme temperatures, wildfires, and lightning: Data collection for these events has never been more consistent. Mapping the trends in recent years gives us an idea of where disasters have the tendency to strike. In 2018, it is estimated that natural disasters cost the nation almost $100 billion and took nearly 250 lives. It turns out there is nowhere in the...

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One-year time-lapse of the weather

Along the same lines as last week’s one-year wind time-lapse, Weather Decoded provides this one-year time-lapse of the weather over the United States: Fun. [via kottke] Tags: time-lapse, weather

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Summer rain levels compared to the norms

Tim Meko and Aaron Steckelberg for The Washington Post compared this summer’s rains with the average. The combination of mapping as terrain and color-encoding provides an interesting foam-looking aesthetic. Tags: rain, Washington Post, weather

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Watch rising river levels after Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence brought a lot of rain, which in turn made river levels rise. The New York Times animated the rise over a five-day period. The height of the bars represents the rise of the river level, as compared to levels on Thursday. I like the visual metaphor of bars going up with river levels. I’m not sure the sudden rise and falls in such short periods of time would...

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3-D view inside Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut went through the northern end of the Phillipines a few days ago. At least 25 people died. The New York Times provides a scrolling 3-dimensional view using data collected by NASA satellites. Tags: 3-d, New York Times, typhoon, weather

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Realistic storm surge depicted in Weather Channel forecast

The Weather Channel is using a realistic 3-D depiction surrounding a reporter to show what a storm surge might bring. Here, just watch it: Tags: flood, hurricane, weather

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Waffle House index as a storm indicator

Waffle House activated their storm center in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Their restaurants are open 24/7, so they need to keep track of which ones need to close or limit their menus. This might also have to do with an informal Waffle House Index that FEMA described last year: If a Waffle House can serve a full menu, they’ve likely got power (or are running on a generator). A limited...

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Average first leaf appearance, as animated map

The USA National Phenology Network uses a computer model to estimate heat build-up and the “first leaf” appearance across the country. Jeremy White for The New York Times animated it. Tags: New York Times, weather

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It’s Been a Hot Summer, Down Under

My family is vacationing this week in Mosman, Australia, a harbourside Sydney suburb near Balmoral Beach known for its family friendly attractions and boutique shops. This place is a great holiday spot. There’s only one problem this year, though: It’s been quite hot. Sydney is normally relatively temperate during the summers, which occur opposite winters in the Northern Hemisphere. The average temperature in Celsius this time of year usually runs...

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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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