A pair of Google employees have teamed up to provide a powerful animation of wind patterns in the United States in near real-time.
Wind appears like rivers or streams flowing across the country. The map really needs to be seen firsthand for the full experience (video preview above, click here for full/updated version). On the website, you can zoom in and out on the map, and you can look at previous days' wind patterns in a gallery.
The project was created by Google's Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, according to Mashable, which adds that the duo is currently looking for international data sources for a global version.
One goal of the wind map, which updates every hour, seems to be raising awareness and support for wind energy. The website hosting the map notes:
An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future.