Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Earth Wind Map - beautiful, delicate and - oh so revealing

by Sail-World Cruising round-up on 17 Feb 2014
The Earth Wind Map - a work in progress .. .
The Earth Wind Map is an amazing project to visualize global weather conditions carried out by Tokyo based software engineer Cameron Beccario, resulting in a beautifully mesmerising depiction of the earth's winds. Weather data is produced by the Global Forecast System (GFS), operated by the US National Weather Service. Forecasts are produced four times daily and are up-to-date, providing an astonishing picture of our planet and its winds.

Formerly a Visual Basic developer with Microsoft Beccario moved to Japan in 2002 and has been developing online trading platforms.

The project, which only went live in December 2013 is the child of a former Tokyo Wind Map project, inspired by the fm/wind map of the USA says Beccario.

The actual map date is provided by Natural Earth, but converted into another format



In detail, a gentle breeze is shown by a thin strand of green, while strong winds are bright yellow. The strongest currents are bright red.

Users can drag the globe to their desired location and click on the spot they want to find out what the wind speed is.

Users can also zoom in on the currents, which are colour-coded to show the severity of the wind. The detail is quite extraordinary. A region that looks calm at a glance is seen to be rippling with winds on closer inspection, using the mouse wheel to zoom in.



Historical data is available, as is wind data at different heights. This project is a true Work in Progress. Current data has now been added and Beccario continues to work on new features.

The system also does something else not really seen before. If you ever doubted the existence of the fabled gyres of the oceans, doubt no more. The five gyres can be observed in graphic fluid lines, just as always predicted.

Could you use this for deciding your sailing plans? It's too early to tell. You decide. Beccario is at pains to point out that a lot of the data is interpolated.

To access the 'Earth Wind Map', click here. Navigation is a matter of exploration.

If you think you might like to set up your own Earth Wind Map, https://github.com/cambecc/earth!click_here.

Watch the video to learn more about how it works:

Related Articles

Today's contest sets up the rest of the Extreme Sailing Series nicely
There was more than fog and a shifty breeze to contend with on the final day with a jib breaking on Oman Air It was a fantastic event in challenging conditions against top opposition, added Larson who was previously skipper of Alinghi before switching to Oman Air for the 2016 season.
Posted today at 1:37 pm
Tactics starting to come into play on day 3 at Clipper Race Panama Cup
Day three of Race 10 has seen a continuation of great downwind racing although conditions are starting to become lighter Day three of Race 10 has seen a continuation of great downwind racing although conditions are starting to become lighter this morning (UTC) produced by an approaching weak front.
Posted today at 12:03 pm
Olympic hopefuls feature in April 2016 edition of FinnFare
One of the other rapidly rising class stars, Ben Cornish, talks about what it is like to train alongside Giles Scott. Josh Junior is fast becoming the most successful New Zealand Finn sailor of the last generation and one of the brightest talents in the class at the moment. After a string of top results this season, including his first ever major European regatta win at the Princesa Sofia in Palma he is still hoping for selection to go to his first Olympics in Rio.
Posted today at 11:50 am
2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team wins two medal races
US Sailing Team Sperry athletes competed in front of a global digital audience on final day of Sailing World Cup Hyères 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry athletes competed in front of a global digital audience on the final day of Sailing World Cup Hyères (April 27 – May 1), and won two medal races against the world’s best.
Posted today at 5:25 am
Sailing World Cup - Hyeres - Golden girls of British Sailing Team
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were the British Sailing Team’s golden girls on a final day of World Cup racing in Hyeres 2016 Sailing World Cup - Hyeres - Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were the British Sailing Team’s golden girls on a final day of World Cup racing in Hyeres which also yielded a silver and two bronze medals for GBR’s Olympic medal hopefuls.
Posted today at 4:48 am
Sailing World Cup - Hyeres - Golden girls of British Sailing Team
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were the British Sailing Team’s golden girls on a final day of World Cup racing in Hyeres 2016 Sailing World Cup - Hyeres - Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were the British Sailing Team’s golden girls on a final day of World Cup racing in Hyeres which also yielded a silver and two bronze medals for GBR’s Olympic medal hopefuls.
Posted today at 4:48 am
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted today at 2:58 am
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted today at 2:58 am
The Transat Bakerly starts tomorrow
The Transat bakerly is now well and truly back, with the 14th edition starting from Plymouth in less than 24 hours’ time The Transat bakerly is now well and truly back, with the 14th edition starting from Plymouth in less than 24 hours’ time. At 14.30pm on Monday 2nd May, the late Eric Tabarly’s wife, Jacqueline Tabarly, will fire the start gun from aboard Navy frigate HMS Kent and send 25 of the world’s best and bravest ocean racers on their solo passage
Posted today at 2:27 am
So much drama in a 30 minute medal race at Sailing World Cup Hyeres
Following a long wait after the wind died the Finn medal race started in 10-12 knots with Oscar raised at the first mark Following a long wait after the wind died, the Finn medal race started in 10-12 knots with Oscar raised at the first mark. Paine took the first hitch to the right soon after the start, and when he came back he was on a big right shift that took him straight to the top mark.
Posted on 1 May
Barz Optics - Kids rangeBakewell-White Yacht DesignNaiad