WATCH THIS: Satellite visualisation of Earth’s weather in timelapse

Remember 2015? If you find yourself spontaneously sweating as I write that, it may be because it was the hottest year on record, but on top of that we also saw hurricanes and the powerful force of El Niño on the loose.

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (abbreviated to the only slightly less unwieldy EUMETSAT) has used data from its satellites as well as those from the Japan Meteorological Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to give us a space view of what was going on within our atmosphere in 2015. And for the purposes of getting on with your day, the full 525,600 minutes of the year have been compressed to a far more manageable 8.5.

There’s quite a lot to keep track of, but thankfully Dr Mark Higgins, training manager at EUMETSAT, is on hand to give a guided commentary, and to highlight the most interesting meteorological trends as they happen.

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