UK snow map shows where the white stuff is falling

UK snowmap powered by Twitter

The UK media is famed for screaming, “SNOW CHAOS!” whenever 0.2cm of snow gently dusts the land, but with big snowfalls forecasted for the coming week, a new site has been created to search Twitter for real-time snow reports and display them on a map.

Put together by Ben Marsh, the site invites users to “Tweet the hashtag #uksnow, your location (postcode, town name or geotag your tweet), and rate the snow that is falling out of ten (0/10 for ne’er a flake – 10/10 for a beard freezing  blizzard).”

Here’s the full snowy scale:

1. 7/10 or more – Blizzard!
2. 5/10 or 6/10 – Steady snowfall
3. 3/10 or 4/10  – Light snowfall
4. 1/10 or 2/10 – A few flakes
5. 0/10 – No snow 🙁

Brixton snow

Brixton snow, Feb 2009

Marsh also asks meteorologically motivated Twitter users  to record the depth of snow (cm or inches) and to attach a photo and add a description to their Tweet.

The end result is a map showing the location of snow falls in the UK, with a Twitter sidebar offering the latest updates to keep you informed about any possible unexpected snowball/face interfaces potentially coming to your ‘hood.

See it in action here.

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