This moving wind map is both interesting and beautiful. It updates every hour and lets you see the movement, flow, and speeds of wind across the United States.
The image above is a still image from the wind map. The real one moves in a way reminiscent of actual wind.
In this interactive map, you can visualize the strength of the surface winds, where they are coming from, and the direction they are moving. Another interesting feature about this page is that you can zoom into various regions and locate cities. Hourly updates come from data about surface winds from the National Digital Forecast Database.
By looking at the map, you can locate areas of low pressure (air that flows counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere), high pressure (areas that experience calm/light wind speeds), and you can easily see areas of convergence. Convergence pretty much shows the winds coming together at a certain point. Typically, we will see this with a cold front or a dry line.
Go ahead, try it out! It’s really neat! Visit the wind map.
Bottom line: A website allows you to visualize surface winds in current time at the top of each hour.
Matt Daniel is weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia, and founder of the blog Athens GA Weather. He's a self-described "big weather and music geek" and has produced weather content for CNN, MSN Weather and EarthSky. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.