The best thing today – November 1, 2012

There’s been a lot of news about weather these last few days, especially American weather and maybe I’m paying more attention to it ’cause I’m off to New Orleans in a week but I couldn’t help but find this dynamic infographic both interesting and beautiful. It pulls in hourly data from the National Digital Forecast Database to create a continuously animated map of wind patterns.

The delicate white lines flowing across a solid black continent give the graphic visual simplicity but it’s the patterns created by the wind that make it truly stunning. It’s genuinely engrossing, the hypnotic patterns created by the wind. In some places the wind appears to be vortexing (see screenshot, north of Dallas) and I can’t help but wonder how those patterns are translating into weather on the ground.

Wind Map by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas
via The Strange Attractor

Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Jen Lea in infographics, the best thing today