Gorgeous high-res map shows Earth's wind patterns in amazing detail

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Public Domain William Putman/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The movement of air around the planet is fascinating, and has never been more clear thanks to this map. The modeling system used to make it can simulate worldwide weather at remarkable detail.

NASA states:

High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions as fine as 3.5 kilometers. This visualization shows global winds from a GEOS-5 simulation using 10-kilometer resolution. Surface winds (0 to 40 meters/second) are shown in white and trace features including Atlantic and Pacific cyclones. Upper-level winds (250 hectopascals) are colored by speed (0 to 175 meters/second), with red indicating faster.

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