Friday, January 24, 2014

How Brought the World to Life's beautiful Wind Map has proved a source of inspiration for a number of map developers. This real-time animated map of wind speed and direction is a gorgeous realization of live meteorological data.'s animated Wind Map has proved very popular and has inspired a number of developers to create similar maps that are bringing the elements to life.

The Ocean Currents Map visualizes daily-averaged ocean surface currents around the United States. It uses the same mapping techniques as the Wind Map to animate the currents streaming around the country.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association were inspired by the Wind Map to create their own live currents map of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Surface Currents Map is an animated map simulating the flow patterns in the Great Lakes.

Tokyo also has its own real-time wind map. The Tokyo Wind Map is an animated map of real-time wind speeds and direction. The map also includes controls to view previous hours' wind data on the map.

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