It’s pretty amazing how far Greg and I have come. We’re doing something very different, adapting tools made for more scholarly pursuits.
These are not the maps I’d use to prepare a forecast. They’re designed for show and tell — to point at.
This project might be more detailed than even building my studio. I’m certainly learning more.
Greg writes most of the back end code, I handle the stuff you see, mainly written in an arcane macro language called .gs. Each map is hand crafted with all sorts of decisions for look and feel. They’re all similar but different depending on scale, topography or my judgement the moment of creation.
What’s posted here are 800×450 gifs. Internally I use 1920×1080 mp4s. The maps look good.
This would be impossible without Open Source programs like QGIS, ffmpeg, GrADS, NaturalEarth database and even the OpenSans font family! And it all runs on Centos Linux, also Open Source.
About 80 tasks are in the scheduler. Half run every hour 24/7/365, the others four times a day. Each frame in an animation is an individually rendered map. Tens of thousands are produced daily. Most are never be seen before being overwitten.
My box doesn’t do everything yet, but it’s getting closer. Each additional piece makes it easier to code the piece that follows.
It’s good to get excited.