Wind Map by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg

An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, revised once per hour. So what you’re seeing is a living portrait. (See the NDFD site for precise details; our timestamp shows time of download.) And for those of you chasing top wind speed, note that maximum speed may occur over lakes or just offshore.

I really love clicking on the map for more and more detailed lines of wind.  How amazing!

(thank you DB for the link)

(and good thoughts to our NY peeps)

– – another thing about wind I just learned about was an installation at this years Documenta by Ryan Gander: created using customized industrial fans, is obvious; at other times it’s hardly noticeable. It’s in flux. The wind is restless as it courses throughout the museum’s ground floor, and it is the perfect introductory work to an exhibition that is also wonderfully explorative and full of discoveries. (Art in America)