The most beautiful visualization you'll see all day: The U.S. Wind Map

By +Audrey Watters

As Flowing Data's +Nathan Yau remarked earlier this week (

"I get kind of giddy whenever I see a tweet from +Martin Wattenberg and +Fernanda Viegas. They rarely tweet, but when they do, it's usually because they've released a new project and they always announce it simultaneously."

Tweets this week from the two renowned data visualization artists unveiled their latest project: Wind Map ( It's a beautiful visualization — Van Gogh-like with its swirling patterns — created using "close to live" data of the United States' surface wind speed.

In addition to watching the patterns of the winds flow, you can click to zoom in and see more information about wind speed and direction.

The associated screenshot doesn't do this visualization justice. See the animated/interactive version:

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