We already know plenty of different applications for our weather data. Nevertheless, now and then, a new one pops up, such as this one: Our user Kateřina chose to knit a warming stripes blanket for 2022 by adding one row every day. Kateřina used history+ to access the temperature data for her location - Kolin in Czechia. history+ gives access to data since 1979, and you can download a large number of different weather variables in hourly resolution. You can also aggregate them to daily values to reduce the number of warming stripes. The colour of the warming striped are determined by comparing the average temperature value of each day with the long-term average temperature on each specific day. Suppose the average daily temperature is warmer than the long-term average on that date. In that case, the row has a particular hue of red (brighter = high temperature, darker = low temperature). At the same time, shades of blue are used for average daily temperatures colder than the long-term average (the colour coding is depicted in one of the images).
Warming stripes are often used to visualise temperature differences over a certain period. We use them for our climate change diagrams to visualise the change in temperature since 1979, where each coloured stripe represents the average temperature for a year.
We are really grateful for this brilliant idea. Do you also use our weather data for extraordinary use cases or have ideas for unusual use cases? Please share them with us.