Winter Storm Jonas hit the East coast of the U.S. last weekend, and dropped an estimated 6.6 trillion cubic feet of snow, with 2.7 billion cubic feet on the nation's capital alone. (Data estimated by Ryan Maue, a digital meteorologist for Models Weatherbell) Javier Zarracina at Vox Media visualized that immense amount of snow as the Snowzilla Snowball.
These are absurd numbers, too big to really comprehend. To make them more understandable, I used a 3D modeling program to show what all that snow would look like in one snowball.
I started with just Washington's snowfall — this is what it looks like compared with the US Capitol building.
The results get even more mind-boggling when you look at all the snow that fell across the United States over this past weekend.
As a general rule, I don't like 3D visualizations. However, I like this use of 3D modeling to visualize the volume of the sphere of snow. It gives the real-world perspective of space and size.
The design concept is very reminiscent of the Big Blue Marble of Water
Thanks to Michael Stoll for posting a link on Facebook!