Earth In Real Time

Earth In Real Time
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Earth In Real-Time

This month, I explore the world of real-time or near real-time views of the earth and weather.

I stumbled upon a really good website that provides LIVE is providing really good visual weather maps. Zoom Earth shows free up-to-date satellite imagery (in near real-time) updated every 10-15 minutes. One of the coolest features of Zoom Earth is the feature that allows you to go back in time. Using the interface on their website, you can go back as far as 1999 to see what the satellite had captured. Their website is very fast and seems to be stable too, as it responded to my requests really quickly. They also have a sharing feature built in. Zoom Earth’s data come from NOAA GOES, JMA Himawari-8, EUMETSAT Meteosat, GIBS, Suomi-NPP, MODIS Aqua, and Terra.

NASA Worldview
Like Zoom Earth, NASA’s Worldview is a real-time satellite map, that shows satellite imagery, and real-time cloud cover. There are some 800+ layers of the world to view. Things like night lights viewed from space. Satellite Detections of Fire, Dust Storms, storm data, and waterways. And like Zoom Earth, you can be like Marty McFly and go back in time.

ISS Satellite Live Feed
This is a live stream from the International Space Station (ISS) looking down towards Earth through its high-definition camera as it passes over Earth some 248 miles above. ***NOTE*** When the signal quality drops, the feed moves to a recorded video.

Ventusky leverages sat layers from GEOS-16, GEOS-17, and EUMETSAT, providing near-real-time weather data, including forecasts. You can pull up data supporting the following layers: temperature, precipitation, radar, satellite, cloud coverage, wind gusts, air pressure, thunderstorms, humidity, waves, air quality, and waves.

Earth Null School
Earth Null School projects the surface winds onto a globe that you can interact with. If anyone can tell me how the poles affect the winds? I ask, if you zoom into one of the two poles (North or South) the winds are projected to move around the poles. I bet this is just a projection problem. Earth Nullschool updates every 3 hours.

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