A Year of Weather in Just Eight Minutes

By Tom Yulsman | January 29, 2014 10:42 am

One year of weather 2013 in satellite images

This astonishing video shows a year of weather — day by day by day — in just eight minutes. If you haven’t seen it elsewhere yet, I urge you to watch.

The video is comprised of satellite images from European, Japanese, and American satellites. They were compiled into the video by EUMETSAT. The background comes from NASA’s Blue Marble project.

The image above is a screenshot from November, just as Typhoon Haiyan was spinning up and barreling toward The Philippines. The storm is inside the white box to the right.

Haiyan was one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, and you can see it smashing into the Philippines, where it killed more than 6,000 people, and then Vietnam, where it also caused much devastation.

When I watched the video, powerful weather fronts and swirling storm systems spun up by Earth’s rotation certainly caught my eye. But I was particularly struck by daily rhythms. I get a true sense of a living, breathing planet.



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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