Check out this awesome GIF (credit: CauseScience) of Wired.com’s Science Graphic of the Week. The GIF is of a video published in Geophysical Research Letters and shows 3 days of ‘weather’ in the E-layer of the ionosphere, 70 miles up. Check out the Wired.com post for more info here. The video is posted to youtube here, and shows ionospheric gravity waves simulated using NCAR’s Wyoming Super-Computer.
When the Earth’s surface roils with stormy weather, it causes the upper atmosphere to ripple like a breezy pond. Scientists only recently connected the two systems, and a new supercomputer-powered simulation broadens their understanding of how thunderstorms, jet streams, and cyclones affect weather at the edge of space.