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