Winter Weather Maps

December 23, 2010

Here in Britain, it has been the coldest and snowiest month before Christmas for many years. It has been beautiful to see, the countryside looks very seasonal, and we have found our toboggan and used it on the local fields – which is nothing compared with the local budding Amy Williams’ who have been tobogganing down Gold Hill.

Cold weather visualisation

Cold weather visualisation

The above map from Go-Geo gives a picture of how cold it has been: blue areas on the map have been colder than the seasonal average, and red areas have been warmer. It also gives an unusual projection of the world gap, being centred, appropriately, over the polar region. More information is available on the Go-Geo website.

Infrared map of Britain

Infrared map of Britain

Travelling around has been a problem, and we have become avid watchers of the BBC weather and consulting the Met Office forecast. The Met Office website contains an infrared map of the British Isles here http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/satpics/latest_uk_ir.html, with images taken every hour. This infrared map shows cooler areas in lighter colours, and needs some technical knowledge to understand it fully, but it has been interesting to use the animation feature to watch snow storms build and move across parts of the country.

I am going to take some more photos and videos of the town in snow, which can be used to compare with the town in normal weather, for a Mapcaster presentation.

Have a happy Christmas!