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Watching the Winds — Breezy and Revealing Visualizations of Our Most Common Weather Companion

Of all weather phenomena — sun, rain, snow, cloud — wind is the most consistent, from light breezes to full-on gales. The two visualizations show wind data in a compelling manner. The first shows winds across the US for March 28, 2012. The second shows ocean winds around the globe from July 2005-August 2007.

An NPR story on the ocean winds called them “strangely Van Goghish.”

Note: Each video has different ambient music. I wouldn’t play them both at once.

Happy Friday!

[Hat tip to Phil Davis for the idea and ocean winds link.]

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About Kent Anderson

I am the CEO/Publisher of the STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., the home of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Reviews, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, the JBJS Recertification Course, PRE-val, and SocialCite. Prior to this, I was an executive at the New England Journal of Medicine. I also was Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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2 thoughts on “Watching the Winds — Breezy and Revealing Visualizations of Our Most Common Weather Companion

  1. If I put a pot of water with an egg in it over a heat source – then predicting where and when a bubble of steam will burst is like predicting how one of those worms in the videos will squirm – that is to say predicting the weather.

    Predicting climate change is like predicting what will happen to the egg. Isn’t is nice being the egg?

    Posted by Dave Pullin | May 4, 2012, 7:42 am
  2. A slower version (30 frames per second) of the ocean current video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54dPacgtjFg (20 minutes, no sound).

    Posted by Bill Everett | May 4, 2012, 11:35 am

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