Wind Map is an online application that pulls information from the public National Digital Forecast database maintained by the National Weather Service; its near-term forecasts, revised once per hour, are precise within a range of two square miles. The time stamp shows the time of download. In the designers’ words, Wind Map is a “living portrait” of the wind landscape over the United States: “An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds usenergy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future,” they have written. Wind Map creates arrestingly beautiful patterns but also useful visualizations of data that can be analyzed in various ways.
Gallery label from Applied Design, March 2, 2013–January 31, 2014.