Animated wind map

 

Wind mapThe map above is a screen grab from an animated wind map. If you go to the site hint.fm/wind, you will see that the lines move in the direction of the wind, and the speed of the moving lines varies depending on the actual wind speed. The data is downloaded from the National Weather Service’s database every hour, so what you will see there is near real-time conditions.

It’s interesting that on the site, they advise that you: “Please do not use the map or its data to fly a plane, sail a boat, or fight wildfires :-) “.

Check it out. It’s mesmerizing.

You’re welcome.

(Note: when you go to the site, it takes a lot of computer horsepower to animate the map . It may not work on your smart phone, or even on your computer. They advise: “If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser.”)

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+

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