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A great thanks goes to all the programmers and volunteers around the globe whose work makes these pages possible, especially Hari Nair of URL: whose program Xplanet is the "motor" of this site. Hans Ecke of URL: and Michael Dear of URL: contribute the excellent Perl scripts and icons.
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The weather forecasts are from the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) at of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO URL: ).

Established in 1950, WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

Weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities are supplied by National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) worldwide.

Usage of the weather icons by permission of Dr. M C Wong of the Hong Kong observatory.

The sources for the weather forecast are in detail as follows: Germany:, United Kingdom:,Ireland:, Israel:, France:, Portugal:, Russia:, Sweden:, Italy:, Greece:, Norway:, Denmark:, Iran: ?, Hungary:, Tunisia: ?, Saudi Arabia:, Oman:, United States:, Canada:, Brazil:, Chile:, Argentine:, Mexico:, Pakistan:, South Africa:, Australia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Mauritius, Mali, Kenia, Madagascar, China, Mauritius,

The display of current temperatures is derived from the National Weather Service website
(URL: ) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The cloud maps are generated every 3 hours by Hari Nair of from GOES, METEOSAT, and GMS satellite imagery.
Thanks to Tom Whittaker of URL: for introducing me to the AniS Java animation applet: URL: Tom Whittaker also wrote the AniS Java animation applet.
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, National Space Science Data Center, for enabling the "Satellite Look-Up tool" thanks to the Master Catalogue. NASA does not get any licensing fee nor is it implied in any way that NASA is benefiting in any commercial way from the distribution of a product. The information on the web is freely available. NASA neither endorses nor acknowledges this website.
The latest earthquake information is from the U.S. Geological Survey - Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment at URL:
Active volcano data are from the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution.
The visible satellite data is extracted from a page developed and maintained by Chris Peat,
of URL: Only satellites above magnitude 3.5 are displayed.
Location data for the International Space Station, Space Shuttles and Hubble are from T.S. Kelso, Technical Program Manager for Analytical Graphics, Inc.'s (AGI's) new National Space Standards and Innovation Group (NSSIG) located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. URL:

The hurricane and storm data are processed by Thomas R. Metcalf from URL:, based on data from the National Hurricane Centre at URL:

The tropical cyclone data presented here are intended to convey only general information on current storms and must not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to the protection of property: the data may not be accurate. If you are in the path of a storm you should be listening to official information sources. The data presented at this site have no official status and should not be used for emergency response decision-making under any circumstances.

The base images for the Earth are "Blue Marble" images from the "Visible Earth" project of NASA at

"Blue marble” images are the most detailed true-color images of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public.

Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).
Satellite: Terra
Sensor: MODIS
VE Record ID: 11656

The night views are "Earth's City Lights": URL:
Credit: Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC.
Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.
Satellite: DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program)
Data Source: DMSP OLS
VE Record ID: 5826
Thanks to Dave Pape who made the elevation map at NASA/GSFC.
Thanks to James Hastings-Trew's planetary pixel emporium for the specularity map, which is derived from USGS DEM data, with the addition of the Arctic ice areas. This map is used to control specularity and reflectance of the ocean surface. URL: .
The background picture of the "crescent" images is the star backdrop to Spiral Galaxy NGC 300, from Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) at The Credit goes to M. Schirmer (IAEF, Bonn), W. Gieren (Univ. de Concepción, Chile), et al., ESO.

Batch processing of the thumbnail images is done by Irfanview by Irfan Skiljan. Irfanview is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP. URL:

ImageMagick is used for advanced image processing techniques from ImageMagick®, is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images.
Ship locations worldwide are by friendly permission of Track maps are based on data reported via the World Meteorological Organization's Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS). Additional reports come from the YOTREPS network of cruising yachts.

Antarctic Research Station data is from the Scientific Comittee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Iceberg Quikscat Display of large icebergs is from the Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder (Center for Remote Sensing, BYU) from Thanks goes to Mark Drinkwater for his suggestions.

A second data feed with iceberg position comes from the National Ice Center The National Ice Center (NIC) is a multi-agency operational center operated by the United States Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the United States Coast Guard.
Fire data are from the Rapid Response System of MODIS at, which is a a collaboration between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC) and the University of Maryland (UMD). Thanks go to the team and Minnie Wong for her support.
Current ligthning data for Europe are from the Blitzortungs community on A big "Thank You" goes to Egon Wanke and the 131 participants of this phantastic project.

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