Most ’3-dimensional’ graphics that you see are using fake perspective and don’t actually provide much additional information. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology maximum temperature forecasts are a genuine 3-d data display, illustrating that you really, really don’t want to be in eastern central Australia this week. Notice how the coolest parts of Australia are the same temperature as here.
The purple colour at the top of the scale doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the spectrum, and stands out on the map. Normally this would a bad thing, but 50C deserves to stand out.
Thomas Lumley (@tslumley) is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with. See all posts by Thomas Lumley »