If you’re curious what Hurricane Isaac is doing to the wind patterns in the U.S., here’s a wind map. One of the most common questions to meteorologists during hurricane season is whether a hurricane will send rain to a particular area. Knowing the direction of the winds can help determine if you’ll receive rain. It’s no guarantee, of course. Just because rain clouds pass over your house, doesn’t mean that they’ll actually let go of their water.
The wind map is a “personal art project” by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. Their site, hint.fm, puts data into visual form to encourage people to think and talk about it in different ways.
The wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database and is revised each hour. The wind lines move, so I encourage you to visit their wind page and see for yourself. Click on the map to zoom in.
Wind map image taken 30 Aug 2012, 2 p.m., courtesy of hint.fm/wind .