Background story

For a several years now, CLEVER°FRANKE (C°F) has published a yearly weather chart, exploring new methods to visualize the previous year's weather.

CLEVER°FRANKE has a special affinity with the weather; the names CLEVER and FRANKE are combined by the degree symbol - a reference to the astronomer Anders Celsius (C°) and physicist Daniel Fahrenheit (F°).

The symbol serves as the basis for the design of our visual identity: two researchers within the same field finding different approaches and references - something recognizable in the personalities of the founders of CLEVER°FRANKE.

Weather Chart 2013

The 2013 chart examined the global weather data of ±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. Among other things, we found Djibouti to be the hottest country in the world.

In Djibouti, located in East Africa, an average temperature of 30.4°C / 86.8°F was measured. The wettest country in the world was French Guyana with an average rainfall of 6.6 mm per day. In the Falkland Islands wind speed reached an average of 27 km/h. The coldest area was - not unexpectedly - Antarctica, where the average temperature reached -15°C / -26.1°F degrees. The ‘calmest’ country was Myanmar (Burma) with an average wind speed of 3.88 km/h.

The Netherlands was 151st in the ranking of ‘warmest’ countries with an average temperature of 10.1°C / 50.3°F. In terms of rainfall, the Netherlands was the 101st rainiest country with 1.77 mm per day precipitation. In terms of wind speed, the Netherlands ranked amongst the windiest countries (placed 13th) with an average wind speed of 18.1 km/h.

The worldwide average of these weather elements over the past 50 years were 10.9°C / 51.7°F, 1.6 mm of precipitation per day and a wind speed of 12.6 km/h.

Result 2013

Weather Chart 2012

For 2012 we focused on the relationship between weather data provided by the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) and the reaction about the weather in social media. The idea was to see whether the way people rate the weather on the Internet is in accordance 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 specializing in social media monitoring.

The 2012 weather chart provided interesting observations such as; sunshine is prominent in the way most people rate the weather. The correlation between sunshine and the reaction to weather is stronger than the correlation between the predicted rating for the weather of that day and sentiment. When there was sunshine, people experienced that day more positively over the predicted rating.

Overall, the Dutch weather was predominantly rated negatively (58%). Only in April and March did people rate the weather mostly positive. Along with the increase in general use of social media in 2011, the amount of messages about the weather rose throughout this year. As the months passed, people rated the weather more negatively, especially in the month of December.

The weather concerned us mostly in the morning of working days: the amount of messages peaked between 7:00 and 8:00 am and during lunchtime. During the weekend, we tended to write less about the weather.

The Dutch show little discrepancy in their reaction to the weather: the correlation between positive and negative messages about the weather differed by only 16.5% from the weather rating based on the data of De Bilt, the Netherlands.

Result 2012

Weather Chart 2011

With the 2011 edition, we showed the most prominent weather conditions for a specific day in just one glance. We did this by showing the angle of the ‘pie piece’ in relation to the other weather elements and the deviation in comparison to the absolute average of 2010. This way each day of 2010 was quickly defined as sunny, rainy or windy; something the Dutch love to complain about.

Result 2011

Weather Chart 2010

The weather chart of 2010 shows the following data per day in 2009:

  • The minimum and maximum temperatures
  • Sunshine and sun rise and down
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Precipitation
  • The multi-year averages of all data for the period 2000-2010

Result 2010

Technology

Social media sentiment analysis

We used the social media sentiment monitoring services provided by Finchline to correlate peoples attitudes and the current weather.

Processing

The weather charts were rendered with Processing library, creating the roughy output and then finalized in Adobe Illustrator.

Result

Media & Publicity

Gizmodo: "Data Visualisations That Put Boring Spreadsheets to Shame"
Gizmodo: "Data Visualisations That Put Boring Spreadsheets to Shame"
Geenstijl: "Wow. Social Media Weerkaart Des Doods verpakt in een hele coole hipstergraphic"
Geenstijl: "Wow. Social Media Weerkaart Des Doods verpakt in een hele coole hipstergraphic"
NRC: "Zon, wind, neerslag en veel grijze stippen"
NRC: "Zon, wind, neerslag en veel grijze stippen"
The Guardian: "Weather Sentiment vs. Reality"
The Guardian: "Weather Sentiment vs. Reality"
BBC: "Data visualisations have changed the way we see, interpret and understand the world around us"
BBC: "Data visualisations have changed the way we see, interpret and understand the world around us"
Forbes: "The designers who are most open at the outset – in terms of which data sets to mix and how to depict the information – are those who achieve the richest results."
Forbes: "The designers who are most open at the outset – in terms of which data sets to mix and how to depict the information – are those who achieve the richest results."

Awards

FPO AWARD
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