Windy.com weather forecast platform has enlarged its portfolio by adding interactive animated satellite imagery for the entire world.
Both meteorology experts and members of the public can now view satellite images from every region of the world in a unique single composite.
Because extreme climatic conditions more and more often affect the lives of us all, tools for forecasting weather and observing climatic phenomena are becoming increasingly important.
Interpreting weather forecasts in clear terms to make them understandable to professionals and nonprofessionals alike plays a crucial role in efforts aimed at saving human lives and preventing damage to property.
Windy.com is a weather forecasting application created by Czech developers.
The application has now incorporated yet another useful tool into its portfolio - an interactive animated satellite map, which provides imagery that allows monitoring of current weather conditions.
For instance, the tool can inform users of a storm in the making, before the lightning strikes and the rain starts to pour.
Global coverage allows clouds above the oceans to be observed, and the current position of hurricanes and tornadoes to be monitored.
Windy.com transforms satellite imagery into a real-time broadcast that can be viewed on any device.
It combines images from satellites operated by such global organizations as European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
For Europe, EUMETSAT images are available at five-minute intervals in the visible RGB, Infrared, and Infrared+ parts of the spectrum.
In Europe, the RGB composite has a resolution of close to one kilometer. For Africa and the Atlantic Ocean, images are available every 15 minutes.
NOAA and JMA imagery is available every 10 minutes. Windy.com displays composite images for the last 12 hours.
The interactive map composed of satellite imagery is available for both desktop and mobile browsers at windy.com.
The map will be available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices later in the summer.