Environment/weather Archive:

Map of all kinds of energy related things: coal fields, mines, oil/gas pipelines/storage, electrical transmission lines, wind turbine potential, offshore windspeeds, solar potential, etc. You get the idea.

It’s not the smoothest operating interactive map I’ve ever seen (lots of delays in loading, etc) – but it works if you’re patient.

Thanks to Mr. Brown for sending me the link.

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You wouldn’t know it is you lived on the East Coast, of course, but January 2014 was the 4th hottest on record, globally.

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Real time interactive map of who is getting snowed on – particularly useful for skier and snowboarder trip planning. Click on any mountain to see last 24 hour snow totals, 5-day forecast, and the “freshy factor” (likelihood of finding fresh snow).

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The nice thing about reddit sourced graphics like this one is that they often include conversations with the author, and revisions to correct mistakes or make improvements.

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Ok, I lied. It’s really only updated every three hours – but it’s still pretty awesome. You can zoom in and rotate the globe to see whichever hemisphere you’re interested in.

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You can even change the map projection used:

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Hypothetical mapping of what coastlines would look like if all the ice in the world melted, raising ocean levels by 216 feet.

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Climate change will not impact everywhere at the same time. The below map estimates when the average temperature of the coolest year will exceed the historic average hottest year. What does this mean? Besides that we’re all screwed, you may wish to reconsider your tropical retirement plans. (related article)

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And the original study also has some nice visualizations:image

An apparently beautiful diagram of tide predictions for June 2013 in the SF bay – unfortunately, she didn’t post a big enough version for me to be sure how good it really is. Boo.

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A very cool real time animated map of wind.

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Also some historical snapshots, like Hurricane Sandy:

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We’ve seen similar maps before, but it’s nice to have them all together from one reliable source.

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Interesting scientific work, building on prior studies from across the world. Rather than get into the findings in detail I refer you to the NYT article and a very detail FAQ at the authors’ website)

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It’s interesting how popular animated gifs have become again. I guess that even with high speed internet people are a little fed up with player load times and lags. Here GIFs are used to show time lapse satellite images of mankind’s impact on the earth. (google earth link)

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