Oh, Japan. You never fail to be so interesting. Did you know? Japanese weathermen use anime characters in helping deliver the news, and generally make the weather more interesting. NHK, Japan’s biggest network, has characters like Haru-chan, Spring-chan, Rainy Season-chan, Summer Shougun, Fall-chan, and Winter Shougan. What a brilliant idea, right? I would infinitely like […]
Since 1954, the World Meterological Organization have been naming cyclones after nice people, so there are those among us who are unfortunate enough to share the same name as some very destructive forces of nature. It can’t be easy for all the Katrinas of the world. Which leads us to a recent Climate Name Change […]
After several years of service, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-12) is being taken out of commission. It will no longer capture important weather information from above. So as tribute to its career, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put together this fast motion video compilation of all the footage it ever took. That’s a full ten years […]
Poncho is a personalized weather service that is tailored to your daily routine. Everyday, Poncho crafts an email or text message to help you plan your day: The message includes weather, commute, alternate side parking, allergy forecast information based your choice. The sign up process is very clean and beautifully done. Poncho is only available […]
Due to its changeable weather conditions, Auckland is well known for experiencing four seasons in one day. MetService, a weather website in New Zealand, has built this unique outdoor web browser that shows the weather accurately. The idea promotes that the MetService website reports the weather as fast as it changes – rain, hail or […]
Mark McKeague basically teamed up with Neil Usher for Storm in a Teacup, a device that represents current weather conditions in an actual teacup. Its features include wind speed and direction (a fan on the teaspoon spins as quickly or as slowly), sun intensity and cloud cover (the brightness of lights in the teacup adjust […]
Micasa Lab in Zurich has created the Nebula 12 weather station, which takes meterological data from UK weather forecast service MetOff and presenst weather predictions for the next 48 hours in an indoors space. Which means a threatening low-pressure area is represented by a red cloud made by combining liquid nitrogen with hot water, while […]
How many weather apps does the world need? At least one more, it seems, from Stockholm-based interaction designer Tobias van Schneider. His Authentic Weather app comes with appropriately moody forecasts to help people cope with the weather. Especially when it’s bad weather. Obviously a bit of swearing is involved.
Designed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur for the Palliative Care Unit of the Diaconesses / Croix-Saint-Simon Hospital Group, the Tomorrow Is Another Day device takes weather forecasts from the Internet and presents a picture of what tomorrow’s sky might look like. Poetic stuff.
The 108ft-long eCloud is a cumulous-like sculpture made out of polycarbonate tiles and 100 custom designed circuit boards that control the liquid crystal pixels. Fading in and out of opacity, the eCloud’s ever-shifting pattern takes its cue from real time weather data from around the world. It is designed by Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas and Aaron Koblin who responded to a 2007 public art call, and is installed between gates 22 and 23 at the San Jose International Airport.