The Wind Map

“An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us,” says Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, “energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future.”

Their live Wind Map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. It shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US, created with surface wind data coming from the National Digital Forecast Database. Click anywhere on the live map to zoom into any region.

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg lead Google’s “Big Picture” visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before joining Google, the two founded Flowing Media, Inc., a visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. Prior to Flowing Media, they led IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, where they created the ground-breaking public visualization platform Many Eyes.