The Wind Maps are updated hourly from the United States National Weather Service’s forecast database. Wind information is portrayed as white and grey strands, almost like flowing sand or rivulets of mercury.
“Fernanda Viégas and I created the wind map in the cold winter months when wind was much on our minds. It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.”
Wind Map showing Hurricane Isaac
With Super Storm Sandy wreaking havoc on the East coast of the USA it is fascinating to see the how the winds move across the USA and one can see the effect of Sandy quite clearly. Wind Map 30th October 2012