In November 2013, the strongest storm to ever make landfall, bore down on the Philippines.

Its name was Typhoon Haiyan and it was responsible for the almost complete destruction of several cities, claiming over 6,000 lives and making thousands more homeless.

Created for European organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the image incorporated infra-red cloud data from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and JMA, wrapped around a physically accurate model of the Earth, lit by a self-coded shader which realistically simulates the scattering of light in the atmosphere.

The image became and remains the most viewed image in EUMETSAT’s imagery library and was used extensively in the media, including the BBC, the Guardian and New Scientist.