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GLOBAL WEATHER DATA SUPERIMPOSED ON MAPS
At DSN, we’ve been playing a bit with FetchClimate Explorer from Microsoft Research. It lets one define regions of the globe over which it superimposes spatial and time series data concerning temperature, precipitation, sunlight, and, pictured above, wind speed.
See a demo of FetchClimate in this video, starting at 22:45.
The data (graphed above, larger image here) mesh with our experience living in Chicago that the “windy city” is not really that windy. Yes, Chicago is in a part of the country that is windier than average, but Kansas makes it look calm. Furthermore, New York City and Long Island are windier than Chicago, but nobody goes “OMG! How can you stand that wind?” when you say that you live there.
Average Wind Speed (meters / second)
- Chicago 4.92
- New York, NY 5.01
- Milwaukee, WI 5.03
- Casper, WY 5.5
- Rochester, MN 5.5
- Amarillo, TX 6.12
- Dodge City, KS 6.25
And a little wind is a good thing. Houston, TX (wind speed 4.11 m/s) would love a bit of air movement during its stifling summers. They say the phrase “windy city” has not to do with high winds or the hot air of politicians, but rather stems from an Chicago tourism slogan promoting the delightful summer breezes in the days before air conditioning.