This animated map shows prevailing surface wind direction and strength across the United States.
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A nice clear graphic design.
Map shows direction speed and patterns of surface winds across the US updated hourly. Similar to diagrams in textbooks but this one is animated.
Surface wind data comes from NOAA's National Digital Forecast Database. Map shows near-term forecasts revised once per hour.
Resource includes caveat that map is a "personal art project".
Comments from expert scientist: This is a very aesthetically-appealing representation of surface wind data based on forecasts. The data shown in this visualization have been spatially-smoothed in a way that is not transparently explained. It is very difficult to determine what resolution forecast data went into this map, and what resolution could be inferred.
Could be incorporated into a discussion of where wind power might be most effectively implemented in the US.
Students could be assigned certain cities to focus on and identify the wind patterns.
Educator can access the archive animations and have students compare and contrast different years.