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Superstorm Sandy Seen In a Beautiful Map of Pure Wind

Superstorm Sandy Seen In a Beautiful Map of Pure Wind

Destruction shouldn't be this pretty.

These ethereal overheads of the United States as it welcomed Sandy at 10:15 p.m. Monday show surface-wind circulation and speeds, with brighter whites indication faster gusts. Yes, that is the eye of the storm below Philadelphia, about two hours after it made landfall near Atlantic City and began what will probably be a record-setting marathon of mayhem, flooding New York's train system and shutting down governments and schools for the second day in a row.

The map was programmed by a team at HINT.FM, who update it with hourly data readings from the National Digital Forecast Database.  They seem to be boosters for wind power, writing: "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. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US."

You're not getting the full effect of this map unless you see it in animated form. So go here, now, and watch as Sandy crawls across our nation on a window-rattling rally of wind, rain and snow. There's basically one weather pattern dominating the states right now, and this is it:

Maps courtesy of HINT.FM.


John Metcalfe is a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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