The Weather Chart is an engaging way in which CLEVER°FRANKE demonstrates the power and use of data in an easily understood format. Every edition reproduces weather data in a new and unique chart, visualizing particular aspects of meteorological activity. With each edition, we challenge ourselves to explore new ways of visualizing data.
The Weather Chart holds an important position in the heritage of CLEVER°FRANKE. The degree sign in our name, a reference to the astronomer Anders Celsius (°C) and the physicist Daniel Fahrenheit (°F), the minds behind the units with which we measure temperature, is also an assertion to our affinity with the weather and serves as the basis for the design of our visual identity. The Weather Charts are part of the collection of the leading modern and contemporary art and design museum Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
A decade of discovering new ways to visualize weather data. It has become part of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection.
An overview of sketches made for several versions of the C°F Weather chart, made over the last ten years.
In this edition of our Weather Chart, we experiment with data to explore the relationship between the weather and daily life. For centuries, meteorologists have been observing and recording the weather. More recently, the rapid increase in sensor technology has enabled us to collect more data relating to various aspects of our lives.
Separately, each dataset provides a single perspective. By combining this information, we reveal a layer of context and insights into the influence of weather on our lives. Each topic we have selected is an exploration of data, expressed as a visualization to uncover a story.
Working with over 100 data sets and poring through more than 445 million data points, we were able to find interesting connections and correlations, and present them in over 60 data visualizations.
Watch a short video with a few highlights here
The fourth chart in our series examined global weather data from ±30,000 weather stations (based on the analysis of 736,995,534 global measurements of the National Climatic Data Center) over the last 50 years.
Compiled using weather data from 2012, the third edition focused on the relationship between weather data provided by the KNMI (Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute) and the reactions to the weather in social media. The idea behind this edition, was to investigate how the public rated the weather on the Internet and if there was any correspondence with the meteorological facts.
To analyze this, we used 714,843 messages collected from a variety of websites, social media platforms and Internet forums, provided by Finchline, a company specialized in monitoring social media.
The results of the Weather Chart provided some interesting observations. For instance; sunshine is a prominent component in the way most people rate the weather. The correlation between sunshine and the reaction to the weather is stronger than the correlation between the predicted rating for the weather of that day and sentiment. When the sun shone, people experienced that day more positively over the predicted rating.
The second edition of the Weather Chart focused on the weather in 2011. We highlighted the most prominent weather condition on a specific day, for every day of the year in a glance.
We did this by showing the angle of the ‘pie slice’ in relation to the other weather elements and the deviation in comparison to the absolute average of 2010. As such, every day in 2010 could be easily classified as sunny, rainy or windy.
The very first edition of the Weather Chart features an overview of the weather for our location in the Netherlands for each day of the year 2009.
Per day, the Weather Chart captures data relating to the minimum and maximum temperatures, wind speed and direction, precipitation, the amount of sunshine, sunrise and sunset and the averages of all the data for the period over 2000 until 2010.