Saturday time waster

wind map screenshot

This is a screenshot from HINT.FM’s wind map, a visualization of wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database. The static image doesn’t do it justice, because the constant motion of the winds is what makes it mesmerizing. As you can see, the remnants of Isaac are still moving across the US, though considerably reduced in power. What has not reduced is its sheer geographical coverage, from the very southern tip of Texas to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Looks pretty quiet in my old stomping grounds. I’ve bookmarked this site to check it again in the winter, when the Oregon coast is experiencing its usual typhoon-strength winter storm winds. It will be interesting to see how the overall map changes with the changing seasons.

(Warning: once you load this map on your browser, you may find it hard to turn away.)

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3 Responses to Saturday time waster

  1. xenatuba says:

    Yep, mesmerizing… And I really look forward to some of the winter storms off the coast, and what those 80+ mph winds will look like.

  2. This is so cool. Thanks for the link! One of our current projects involves surveys at a wind farm in the Delta near Rio Vista and I’ve now become obsessed with wind patterns, at least in California.

  3. Inge says:

    Very cool!

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