Badass interactive wind visualization map for US


Super Anarchist

Serious cool.

Wind direction: it's not the most exciting subject we can think of, but visualization designers Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg have crafted something truly awe-inspiring from it. Wind Map pulls in hourly data from the National Digital Forecast Database, tracing wind speed and direction in near real-time while providing nationwide maximum and average figures. The result is something remarkably similar to NASA's Perpetual Ocean video, only Wind Map is an interactive, zoomable, and constantly changing project. The designers say they would like to expand the map to cover the entire globe, and want your help to track down global statistics.


You can really see why they call the midwest Plains States "Tornado Alley". Even the area the flows up toward the Tennessee Valley.

Very interesting indeed.


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