Category Archives: Weather

Visualizing Wind and Wind Forecasting

This provides some interesting insights to wind and may be helpful to many. I like the Windyty Forecasting tool. Thank you Cameron Beccario for a great open source tool! More available at: Via FB on http://www.facebook.com/windytycom and via Twitter at @windytycom

This is using data from the NOAA Global Forecast System (GFS) – http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/model-data/model-datasets/global-forcast-system-gfs  

The current conditions resolution is about 18 miles and the forecast resolution about 44 miles – the model couples together 4 models (atmosphere, ocean, land/soil, and sea ice). I could not find if this was surface winds and how high in the atmosphere these go. I am assuming this is just surface conditions. It would be interesting to see upper level winds and model those in 3D! #JustSaying

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The Windly About link states:

Windyty.com is advertisement free and a strictly non-commercial project.

GFS forecast model, produced by NOAA, is the major source of weather data. Forecast data are updated four times a day. Beautiful forecast for location detail are produced by Meteoblue.com and are based on NMM, NEMS or GFS mathematical models with different resolution, based on location (more info here).

Thanks again to Cameron Beccario for a great way to visualize wind data. See also my previous post on Earth Animated Map – Wind on the Globe – http://www.lapeltz.com/?p=201