With spring winds blowing I just had to again share this amazing Wind Map in constant motion that I first posted in April 2012. You can see in the snapshot below from last night why it has been so cold lately, with fairly strong winds sweeping down unabated from the north. In contrast, the snapshot from April 2012 shows tornado weather, with strong, cold winds from the north colliding with warm, moist winds from the south. And then there is the snapshot during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 that shows the strong winds in the east but almost nothing here.
Ok, I know this is supposed to be a real estate site. But here in Minnesota we always seem to be talking about the weather… it is part of our sense of place and something to learn about life in the Twin Cities.
The live wind map is updated every hour, always in constant motion showing the delicate (or not so delicate) tracery of the wind… simply mesmerizing. It is permanently linked in a right panel of this blog site… I look at it regularly, like another weather app.
While the map draws information from the national weather service, it is actually a personal art project… a collaboration of visualization artists and technologists Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, leaders of Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their intriguing work seeks to create new ways to look at data to stimulate new conversation and understanding.
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – Minneapolis Realtor