A supercomputer-powered Web site project sporting the humble name “earth” is a fascinating look at global weather patterns. It comes from software developer Cameron Beccario and it will suck you into a world full of weather-induced curves and swirls viewable at different levels in the atmosphere.
The globe, with its animated lines of colorful wind patterns, can be rotated and zoomed to get in close on a particular location. The closer you click, the more surreal it gets, until the wind looks like some hairy alien growing across your state.
Try out the different heights and overlay options (like temperature) and watch weather patterns around the world meld into each other and connect across continents. The visualization of global weather conditions is generated by supercomputers, with the forecast being updated every three hours.
Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you’re not around? Where do our purring pets go when they disappear through the cat flap? Armed with GPS tracking devices and micro-cameras, a team from BBC Two’s Horizon program in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College set off to a Surrey village to find out. Discover more by clicking this link and selecting a cat.