Wind map shows Sandy's gusts

The surface wind data in this beautiful wind map from comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. It's basically an art project, not guaranteed to be scientifically perfect, but it's dramatic stuff today during Hurricane Sandy:

These are near-term forecasts, revised once per hour. So what you're seeing is a living portrait. (See the NDFD site for precise details; our timestamp shows time of download.) And for those of you chasing top wind speed, note that maximum speed may occur over lakes or just offshore.

If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.

There's a beautiful animated version, too.



  1. This is no joking matter – my little brother may be in some peril and I worry. But if we all come out of this ok – maybe we can take solace in the fact that there’s an inadvertent ‘chewb-pube-that-nation’ app. I’m praying for like the third time in my life – your pasta god is just gonna have to deal with it. 

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