The fascinating EUMETSAT 2018 Year of Weather video has now been published to illustrate just how active certain parts of the world were throughout the year.

January kicked off with two powerful cyclones and activity did not slow down as the months went by. In fact, weather records continued to be broken throughout the year and there was a little bit of everything in 2018 including droughts, fires, floods and hurricanes.

EUMETSAT receives this satellite imagery every 30 minutes which means we have access to a very large amount of data that we’re able to provide freely to weather forecasters, so that they can provide more accurate and recent information. You can see clearly in this video where certain storms formed and how they travelled across different parts of the planet and this data is crucial for met services to be able to issue warnings to the public that might help lessen the lives lost or damage caused to property in, for example, the case of a severe storm.

During the animation you’ll be hearing from EUMETSAT Training Manager Dr Mark Higgins, who provides an explanation into what you’re seeing on screen. Find out how sea surface temperature affects a hurricane’s energy and why bright clouds indicate colder weather in this 10-minute video.

The footage is composed with the help of a satellite infrared data layer provided by Météo-France – Centre de Météorologie Spatiale and displays imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

You can also watch this and previous Year of Weather videos over on our YouTube channel.

Posted by Natalie Lunt


  1. Jesse Ferrell 5 March 2019 at 15:50

    Hi, Natalie, is the image of the entire world available in real-time somewhere online?


    1. Natalie Lunt 6 March 2019 at 15:20


      Unfortunately, the World Cloud Map (WCM) is not a product we make available to the general public. However, registered users can access the WCM product via our EUMETCast system.

      Hope this helps,



  2. Thank you for a short overview of the previous year’s weather events and for sharing such a great weather video with Dr. Mark Higgins.
    We all have seen and experienced that in the last few years the climate has changed dramatically.
    The climatologists are alarmed because it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen next.
    So the main question is, what we can do about it? Let’s unite our effort and try to work it out together!


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