The World's Winds in 2018

The weather in 2018 was more than just a feature of our environment. The "weather", in the form of wind, supplied around 6% of the world's electicity in 2018, generating tens of billions of dollars in revenue for electricity providers. Browse the maps to see where the winds were strongest. Notce ...

  • The "Roaring Forties" of the southern ocean provide consistently strong winds
  • Land areas tend to have lighter winds (no wonder wind companies want to build offshore)
  • In May and June, bands of weak winds cover the oceans near the equator and around 30 degrees North and South (the horse latitudes)

Another key weather resource
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The maps and data are courtesy of the Copernicus Climate Change service.

The data is freely available (with a registered account) through the

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A special thanks to all the scientists and developers whose hard work has made amazing visualizations like these available to the public!

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Last updated 05-08-2019 by Andrew Guenthner. Released under the MIT Open Source License