Category Archives: Weather Resources

Happy World Meteorological Day

March 23 is WMO World Meteorological Day! Celebrate by viewing the World Weather Watch photo exhibition via flickr :

Get the flash player here:

‘Types of Weather’ exhibition in Germany

08.03.2013 – 19.05.2013 isolated showers – TYPES OF WEATHER

From the website, thanks to google translate:

The starting point of the exhibition “Chance Showers – forms of weather” is the surprisingly large number of current artists whose interest in the weather is fed by its complex connections with our immediate reality of life: in her oeuvre given concrete form and effects of the weather plays a central space. Phenomena such as snow, ice, rain, fog, clouds, wind / storm, lightning and sunshine are examined and aesthetic constellations transferred, sometimes they are even a genuine component of the works by the materials are exposed to the weather, or by in the work of “real” rain or storms. Some artists focused on the desire to record the weather, check or simulate can and ask for the controllability of nature. For other artists, the weather becomes a metaphor. The exhibition “Chance of Showers – forms of weather “It’s about the possibility of the perception of weather – as a precondition for discussion technological or policy change. In this respect, the project could be classified as a kind of artistic foundation. The exhibition spans the entire exhibition space (800 sq m) of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in a variety of planned activities are new productions.

Participating artists: Stefania Batoeva (b. 1981, BG, lives in London), Daniel Gustav Cramer (born 1975, UK, lives in Berlin), Spencer Finch (b. 1962, U.S., lives in Brooklyn), Sebastian Grafe (born . 1976, UK, lives in Berlin), George Kuchar (1942-2011, U.S.), Gerhard Lang (b. 1962, UK, lives in New York), Flo Maak (b. 1980, UK, lives in Frankfurt), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (born 1961, ES, lives in Chicago), Matthias Meyer (b. 1972, UK, lives in Hamburg), Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, BR, lives in Belo Horizonte), Iris Schomaker (b. 1973 , DE, lives in Berlin), Klaus Weber (b. 1967, UK, lives in Berlin), John Woodman (born 1949, UK, lives in Carlisle Cumbria)

Curator: Antje Krause-election

Out Now: ‘The Weather Observer’s Handbook’

From the Cloud Appreciation Society:

We are very pleased to announce that ‘The Weather Observer’s Handbook’ by Stephen Burt is published today. The handbook provides a comprehensive, practical and independent guide to all aspects of making weather observations. It is ideal for both amateur observers looking for help in choosing their first weather instruments on a tight budget and for professional observers looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide.

The Cloud Appreciation Society gives info on the following discounts: You can buy it directly from Cambridge University Press at a 20% discount: In the UK, download the 20% discount flyer; in the US, vist and enter the discount code: E2BURT.

Big News Merger in the PWS World

After 17 years of aggregating data from Personal Weather Stations as an independent company, Weather Underground has been acquired by the Weather Channel.

Some  reactions…

“Whether  [The Weather Channel] will entirely replace its own forecasts with Weather Underground’s BestForecast is not immediately clear. The predicitions are often substantially different. Right now, for instance, is predicting that it will be 93 degrees in my part of New York on the Fourth of July, while Weather Underground says 99.”
“In an interview, David Kenny,  the chairman and chief executive of the Weather Channel Companies, praised the Weather Underground site for having a “hard-core audience” of passionate weather fans. Some of them, he admitted, have sour views of the Weather Channel, which they see as overly corporate and dependent on advertising.”

” This deal will put Weather Underground’s awesome technology to use on a much bigger stage, bringing better information to a large number of people…”

This just received in the SPWS inbox:

Dear SP Weather Station Flux Factory,

As an invaluable member of our Personal Weather Station (PWS) community, I wanted you to be the first to know that Weather Underground, Inc. has become part of The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC). Your weather station data will remain an integral part of our forecast modelling, and we expect that the combined forecast technologies of the two companies will enable us to provide even more accurate custom forecasts for your station. The service that we provide PWS owners on will remain unchanged for now, and will only be improved in the long term.

With the increased audience reach that our union with TWCC provides, we hope to considerably expand our PWS community to further enhance the quality of our weather forecasts. With extra resources at our disposal, we will also be able to provide a greater level of support for our community members.

As always, we thank you for being part of our PWS network, and greatly appreciate all of the data you share with us. You can read my latest blog post for more information about the sale of wunderground to TWCC.

Kind regards,

Dr. Jeff Masters
Director of Meteorology

Weather (Book) Report: 6 shelves of wonder!

(note: we’ll have a feature soon on Jane Marsching’s Guest Lecture Saturday at the Queens Museum, but in the meantime…)

A quick visual survey of the circulating weather section at the NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library:

Interestingly, alarmist weather books are not at all limited to those centered on climate change.  It seems it could be an entire literary subgenre.

Save the date, and some resources

Save the date: October 19
The next SPWS Guest Lecture will be Andrea Polli. Andrea is an artist, currently on the faculty in the MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College and a resident at Eyebeam. In addition to numerous projects related to weather and climate, Andrea has installed weather stations on the roof at Eyebeam and at her home in Long Island City.

those in LIC should check out her Cloud Car test drive TOMORROW, September 19th, late afternoon, on the street at the corner of 21st St. and 43rd Ave.

Thanks to Andrea we also recently had a chance to meet a number of “local experts” at Eyebeam, several of whom have websites of interest to the SPWS community. Featured speakers were Tim Dye of AirNow and Victoria Vesna of the UCLA Art/Science Center. An assortment of artists, environmental activists, etc provided feedback on each others’ work and created a forum for research sharing, raising all kinds of questions to be addressed … in later blog posts.

(Tim Dye)
real time air quality data & visualizations courtesy of the US Government

(Sarah Williams)
air quality measurements in Beijing during the Olympics
NY Times infographics

(Michael Heimbinder)
environmental health justice org. and mapping project in NYC

(Eve Mosher)public art projects