Watch the wind flowing across the U.S. in real time. It’s interesting, and it’s also beautiful.
This moving wind map updates every hour and lets you see the movement, flow, and speeds of wind across the United States. Below is a still image from the wind map. The real one moves in a way reminiscent of actual wind. The hourly updates come from data about surface winds from the National Digital Forecast Database.
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. By looking at this 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. If you visit the wind map link, can you locate areas of convergence? Low pressure? Go ahead, try it out! It’s really neat!
Bottom line: A website allows you to visualize surface winds in current time at the top of each hour. You can zoom into states, counties, and cities to identify the direction and strength of winds in a certain area. By hovering over an area, you will be able to see the latitude and longitude of the location and the actual wind speeds. Have fun with this cool website!
When he's not keeping EarthSky's community up-to-date on global weather happenings, meteorologist Matt Daniel is the weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia. He is also a freelance weather producer for CNN. He has contributed to articles to MSN Weather and worked with the National Weather Service. Matt graduated from The University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences and Music Business. 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.