United States Wind Map

OK, I’m a sucker for visual maps and this one is fantastic. Surface wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database was used to animate the wind patterns across North America (or at least the lower 48 of the USA). The still on the right doesn’t do justice to the data so you really need to click on the link below to watch the animation. When you get there, check out the gallery to view different days and different wind patterns.


Having grown up in New York state and moved to Boston, we could always count on the New York weather showing up in Boston about a day later. Pretty clear why looking at the prevailing winds on the wind map. Not surprising that the weather in California is also west to east — but who knew the weather in the middle of the country was so exciting?

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  1. Ian
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    North america doesnt end at the 49th parallel

    • Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      Nor does it end at the Río Bravo (Río Grande).

      Nice map, though.

  2. Noel Grant
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    You mention Norh AmericanWind Map however you do not show Canada. I can assure you ,.you will not fall off the ends of the earth if ;you go north of Seattle or Detroit

  3. Posted June 20, 2014 at 4:43 am | Permalink

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  4. Earl Sorrels
    Posted July 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Bunch of cartography snobs.
    I think it is a fine project and enjoy it very much. Keep up the good work. I is clear that you have a good mind.

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