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A mesmerising map that shows up-to-date air currents across the world in breathtaking beauty has been created by a computer programmer.
The animated graphic shows worldwide weather conditions, with powerful gusts snaking their way around our planet in real-time.
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Each time the visualisation restarts, it shows individual wind currents in a different area of the globe which then spread out to cover the surface of the Earth.
Each line on the map represents a wind current while colours indicate windspeed - the darker the colour, the faster the breeze.
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The map was created by Seattle-based programmer Andrei Kashcha, using data provided by the US National Weather Service.
Every six hours, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) operational model archive and distribution system publishes weather data for the whole globe.
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Among these services is the Global Forecast System (GFS), which comes in the form of a latitude/longitude grid with a number of associated values, including wind speed.
It’s encoded in a special type of binary called GRIB, a data format commonly used in meteorology to store historical and forecast weather data to be read by computers.
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Mr Kascha posted the code he used to create the visualisation on open-source web hosting service Github.
Masterpiece - Reddit - 'My - Work - Building
Speaking about his masterpiece on Reddit, he said: 'My work is specifically focused on building static visualizations of a vector field with streamlines.
'What does this mean? A vector field is just a fancy way of saying that each point on a map has some sort of a vector associated with it.
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'To visualize a vector field, one can drop thousands of...
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