What do you get when you take a personal art project and combine it with scientific data? You get an amazing Wind Map of America. The map is on Hint.fm, which was founded by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who also lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Wind Map shows the winds as they flow across the United States. Surface wind data is taken from the National Digital Forecast Database. The data is revised once per hour. This effectively makes what you see a live portrait. They have also included a section where you can see the maximum wind value. You can click on the map to zoom in and see a closer perspective on the wind data. Click here to see it in action. You can also view a video of the map in action below.
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