In our pixel-packed, circuit-crammed world, there’s something to be said for a beautifully rendered print poster that you can enjoy each day on the wall of your home or office. Starting today, we’re going to help you decorate in meteorological style with the debut of our WunderPoster series
. Our first batch of 13 posters was produced by a crackerjack team of Weather Underground designers that includes Jerimiah Brown, Dan Fein, Lauren Moyer, Jennifer Potter, Skyler Rexrode, Prooshat Saberi, Aryn Shelander, and Mike Tiscareno. Each Thursday from now through the end of April, you’ll find a new poster on the WunderPosters home page
. This new project is one way we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary: Weather Underground was launched in 1995 as the first public-oriented online weather service. We were around #2000 in the sequential list of Internet domains granted worldwide. Today, that list is up to more than 241 million.Figure 1
(right). Our debut WunderPoster puts the spotlight on advection fog
, the hallmark weather feature of Weather Underground’s home base in the San Francisco Bay.
Each WunderPoster will include a capsule description of the weather phenomenon illustrated. The placeholders now on the WunderPosters site provide a hint of what you’ll see appearing over the next few weeks: mammatus, sundogs, frost flowers, lenticular clouds, and much more. WunderPosters can be downloaded in a high-resolution format (2400 x 3200 pixels) that allows for high-quality printing at sizes up to 8" x 10”. There’s also a handy double-sided postcard option.
You might correctly guess from today’s kickoff entry that our WunderArtists are paying homage to the distinctive poster artwork produced in the 1930s and early 1940s by the Works Progress Administration
. A major part of the New Deal, the WPA is best known for the thousands of parks, schools, and other public amenities it built (many of which still stand). Another part of WPA was an arts program
that put designers to work on murals, photographs, and other creations. This included some 2 million posters in an astounding 35,000 designs
, illustrating everything from national parks to theatrical productions. The Library of Congress has more than 900 original WPA posters in its permanent collection
, all available online
Want to get in on the ground floor of our newest endeavor? We'll soon be launching a contest to find the inspiration for future WunderPosters. Stay tuned for details.
I'll post an update on the West Coast atmospheric river later today.
Bob HensonFigure 2.
Advection fog on the White River in Arkansas, produced by 90°F air passing over cold spring water. Image credit: wunderphotographer StormTrain