Hypnotic moving map lets you see the wind

Many Eyes took loads of data and turned it into a hypnotic interactive map that illustrates the ethereal lines of wind flowing over the United States.

Now this is a wind map. Many Eyes, the IBM-funded company that lets users turn data into visual creations, released an interactive map that illustrates the ethereal tracery of wind flowing over the United States. It also helps explain why west Texas (along with the Midwest) has developed into such a wind farm hot spot.

The personal art project used wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database. The whiter lines indicate stronger wind speeds. The project uses near-term forecasts, updated once per hour. Which means when you click on the interactive map, what you see is close to live data. At the moment, there are nine archived interactive maps that visualized data between March 10 to March 27. Users also can view the live wind map.

The image above is cool. But be sure to check out the live wind map or one of the archived versions. Each one is downright hypnotic.

Photo: Many Eyes

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