The weather just got a lot more interesting, online

WeatherSpark is a fantastic (and fantastically simple) new website that lets you access and data-mine decades worth of weather patterns, instantly, online.

Designed by two Bay Area computer scientists, the site compiles data sets from America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Norway’s Meteorological Institute, and a private forecast service called World Weather Online and turns them into easily digestible maps, graphs, and reports. You can zero in on your hometown, zoom out and take in the whole wide world, compare multiple locations, follow patterns back through the days, weeks, months, and years, or see what the weather was like at any given moment on any given day. (This is especially handy for birthdays, anniversaries, and historical events.) The founders warn us that WeatherSpark’s still in beta mode — but it has already become an immensely useful, interesting resource.

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