Life in the 21st century doesn't mean being able to ignore natural disasters; 150mph winds, tsunami waves, and earthquakes will still mess up one's day. But living in what used to be the future does allow us to understand such phenomena. We can even simulate it, albeit poorly. Living in 2017 also allows you experience it vicariously, at a macro scale, live and at home. For years now, people have been collecting geotagged data and building online map layers, visualizing global shipping or air corridors. Scientific agencies publish knowledge from satellite tv for pc geosensors measuring land and sea temperatures. And we will use them to observe nature remind us of our place.
Take flight monitoring. Yesterday, Jason Rabinowitz—@AirlineFlyer on Twitter—live-tweeted the progress of a Delta Boeing 737-900 that raced into after which out of Luis Muñoz Marín Worldwide Airport in Puerto Rico earlier than Hurricane Irma made its presence recognized. The aircraft, flying JFK-SJU underneath the flight quantity DL 431, landed just before noon on Wednesday. In lower than an hour, it had refueled, taken on 173 passengers, after which was again on its strategy to JFK. This time as DL302—which we observed took off virtually half an hour early—it was the final aircraft to go away the island that day.
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) September 6, 2017
Rabinowitz's updates confirmed the flight threading its means via the core of the hurricane and one of many outer arms. It took about 30 minutes to clear Irma's grasp, and my sympathies exit to any nervous flyers who went via that. By all accounts, the remainder of DL302's flight to New York was uneventful.
Proper now, websites monitoring airplanes or ships supply a reasonably vivid take a look at the disruption across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. There is a ton of air visitors round Miami proper now, however when you look intently, it is virtually solely headed some other place as individuals scramble to go away Florida. However probably the most indifferent perspective on our present hurricane season is courtesy of EarthWindMap. The screenshots do not fairly do it justice, as the location is animated, with white strains shifting throughout the globe visualizing wind velocity. Watching not one however three hurricanes spiral round my monitor in silence is each eerie and mesmerizing.
Simply 50 years in the past, this type of geospatial consciousness would have been far past even probably the most superior of the superpowers. At present, you and I can entry all of it from a browser or smartphone.
Itemizing picture by flightradar24