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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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


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

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?

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