Peeing in below freezing weather

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Tornado Tracks by Year, 1950 – 2011

Sourced from sixty-one years of NOAA data, tornado tracks are flip-booked through 61 years in 30 seconds.  Brightness of the track is tied to tornado severity. Check the source for high resolution visualizations by season, severity, or all together for a revealing illustration of regional risk:
These images were generated in Visual Fusion.

FetchClimate: Building a Geographical Web Service

Retrieve global environmental data with the click of a button or a few lines of code

FetchClimate is a fast, free, intelligent climate data retrieval service that operates over the cloud to return only the climate data you need. FetchClimate can be accessed either through a simple web interface, or via a few lines of code inside any .NET program. FetchClimate is intended to make it easy for you to retrieve data for any geographical region, at any grid resolution: from global, through continental, to a few kilometres, and for any range of years (1900 – 2010), days within the year, and / or hours within the day. FetchClimate can also return information on the uncertainty associated with the climate data and data sources used to fulfil the request. When multiple sources of data could potentially provide data on the same environmental variable FetchClimate automatically selects the most appropriate data sources. Finally, the entire query you ran can be shared as a single url, enabling others to retrieve the identical data.

Try FetchClimate now!

Read more about the project on Microsoft Research.
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