Boing Boing posted this very interesting video today on how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) develop weather forecasts. Since it was something that I never really thought about before, I thought I would share it with you.
Google just introduced a new weather layer to their Google Maps system. You can turn it on by hovering the mouse over the graphic in the upper corner of the map and selecting the weather layer. Powered by, the new weather layer gives you the current temperature as well as forecast and temperature for the next four days. If you are looking for more detail you can click through to for more extended forecasts. I can see why Google decided to keep it simple since most people don’t care about wind, barometric pressure or other weather nerd stuff like that but I wish it would click through to that type of thing. Don’t be heart broken. The king of Google Maps/weather mash-ups is still Weather Underground’s WunderMap which is by far your best resource if you want weather information that’s deeper then the Channel 5 weather girl but not so confusing you think you just signed up for a university course. You can zoom in on your local paddling destination and turn on the weather stations layer and you can see exactly what’s going on around in. Looking for severe weather? There is a layer for that but to me the strongest feature is the storm tracker. When enabled, it displays an ice cream cone shape displaying the storm direction as well as the projected location for the next 15, 30, 45 minutes. Did I tell you this same map is mobile phone friendly? It’s a great resource for getting that last minute update on surrounding storms just before hitting the water. Other Weather Sites I’m a fan of? Check out Wind Finder or Wind Guru for solid wind prediction and Weather Underground’s Marine Maps. They are slightly more technical but they also provide excellent history for things like water temp, wind direction, speed and wave height. Want to see average wave height for the 3rd week of October, 2001? They will tell you.
I love the Aurora Borealis. I have very fond memories of the years of sitting out late at night on the rocks at the water’s edge during camping trips watching them in wonder. I stumbled upon this absolute gem and couldn’t resist posting. It’s was shot by Terje Sorgjerd in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park on the Norway-Russia border. Of course it was a lot warmer when I saw them last as this was shot at -25 Celsius.
A couple of weeks ago I posted an article on some suggested teaching ideas to fill a couple hours if you find yourself stuck on shore waiting out a thunderstorm.Last week, gnarlydog asked a very interesting question, “What would you do if you find yourself stuck offshore during a thunderstorm?”
Here is a fantastic video produced by NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory. It’s a compilation of all the satellite images taken by the GOES satellite during the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season.From the website: The GOES satellite is North America's first line of defence in identifying and tracking any tropical cyclonic activity. Every 15 minutes the GOES satellite acquires a new image of the Northern Hemisphere. Using data from the infrared water vapour channel, it is possible to see the storms, as well as the high pressure areas that affect their movement and intensity.Sadly, the video can’t be embedded into other sites so you will need to click through to actually watch it.Thanks for Andrew for the tip!
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