As hurricane Ike is coming closer to my house than I'd like, I've been watching the predicted path maps on the National Weather Service's homepage. What bugs me is that there are straight lines between all the points. How silly is that? Nature never moves in straight lines, so I had to make my own map.

Hurricane Ike map with spiro prediction

What I did was take the map and then place a path over it using the spiro splines live path effect in Inkscape. Spiro splines are amazingly natural, and so I figured they'd work very well here also. I like the results, and it seems just from looking at it, to make more sense as a path for the hurricane. Perhaps they should use Inkscape at the National Weather Center?

posted Sep 11, 2008 | permanent link