Leave it to the Europeans to take weather maps to a level beyond spaghetti and cones of uncertainty.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Forecasts, based in the United Kingdom, is a research institute that offers weather forecasts to its 30 member countries. It has a hurricane projection map that is taking the internet by quiet storm.
Land is blue on the map, and wind speeds and patterns are dashes of white on a sea of mostly green. Hurricane Irma swirls with red anger amid green and yellow, and using the time bar, viewers can watch Irma slide up the Florida coast, or look to the west to watch Tropical Storm Katia fizzle out near Mexico.
The ECMRE offers a catalog of more than 30 maps offering sea level, rain, and more.
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Not content with forecasting, the ECMRE also issued this week an explanation, with a colorful map, of how a storm in June 1944 destroyed one harbor that supported the Allies but not a second harbor.