Like the girl pictured here, one of the things I've always enjoyed has been studying maps. I'm not particular, really; I'll look at any kind of map with some interest.
In this blog yesterday, we talked about the lower water levels in the Great Lakes. The subject of possibly changing weather patterns reminds me of forecasting and how much maps have improved in the digital age.
Thanks to the Internet, weather maps of all types are now available in all shapes and colours and levels of interactivity. I was an early fan of the easy-to-read, colourful weather page in USA Today, right from the day it was distributed. But now, it's easy to lose oneself in the minute details at sites like Accuweather.com, The Weather Channel or the Weather Network here in Canada.
Particularly attractive, to me, are the maps that explain how approaching weather systems will shape the short-range weather forecasts.
If only someone could invent a nice colour map for keeping track of daily to-do schedules. I'd consult my agenda more often.
Photo credit: José A. Warletta, through http://www.sxc.hu