Global map illustrates wind patterns

But where’s Block Island?
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 7:15am
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Dazzling images captured on a website of wind patterns superimposed over the earth provides for a fascinating global perspective of weather conditions.

The website earth.nullschool.net depicts the globe’s weather patterns with swirling neon lines over a blue globe. It’s an informative, mesmerizing, interactive tool that doubles as a work of art. In fact, the website, created by web developer Cameron Beccario using data from the Global Forecast System, also sells the eye-catching images it captures to help support the website.

The site notes that it is a “community earth wind map” and a “visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers (that is) updated every three hours.” It’s also a lot of fun to peruse if you’ve got some free time. You can see every wind pattern on earth, zoom in and out, rotate the map, and fly around, or just sit back and watch the neon lines dance all over the globe.

One minor disappointments is that while Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are identifiable on the map, Block Island is conspicuously absent. However, if you zoom in to the northeastern United States region you can approximate where the island is located.  

If you left click on an area of the map, where Block Island would be located, you are provided with various informational data, such as longitude and latitude and wind speed, etc. On the day that this article was written, the neon lines were heading in a northeasterly direction over Block Island at 12 miles an hour. The Weather Channel app confirmed that the wind speed was accurate.

This serves as an informational tool and a way to see how the winds might be blowing out at the Block Island Wind Farm. Every nook and cranny of the globe is at your fingertips, as well as an assortment of scientific information. If you’re looking for a similar alternative site, check out Wind Map at: http://hint.fm/wind/