A Tokyo based software engineer, Cameron Beccario, has created an online interactive global wind flow map, that offers a fresh and artistic view of actual global wind flow data.
Based on a US wind map designed by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, the online tool offers current and historical images of wind flows all over the earth. The wind speed data is taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National Weather Service and streams it into an animated view of the globe. The map updates every three hours, showing near-current weather patterns worldwide where you can spin the map like a globe, zoom in on a particular region or view wind flows at different altitudes above the earth’s surface.
Below is a snapshot of Ireland during a storm on the 27th of December 2013 that cut electricity power supplies to over 65,000 people as well as causing substantial damage and flooding throughout Ireland and the UK.