The National Weather Service 'Wind Map' provides accurate hourly visualizations of wind patterns traveling across the United States.
Created by co-leaders of Google’s 'Big Picture' visualization research group, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg's mesmerizing bird's eye view of the country's air stream is more interesting than one would imagine. Directional patterns and intensity of the wind gusts are dynamically updated on the map, as well as being able to pinpoint what part of the country is the windiest at what point in the day.
The Cambridge-based pair's intricately detailed map is black, gray and white in color, and documents just how gusty the country can get. The duo hopes that the map will be an indicator of how much clean, renewable energy could potentially be harnessed from the air that whips across the U.S. daily.
The National Weather Service 'Wind Map' only covers America at this point, but the creators hope to one day expand it to cover the entire planet.