Posts Tagged ‘Wind’

Global wind patterns, visualised

Earth is an interactive web-based visualisation of global wind conditions, based on readings and supercomputer forecasts of current and future weather conditions. Not only does it render this data live within the browser; it also allows for the interactive display of multiple height readings, overlays, and cartographic projection types.

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By Cameron Beccario, it’s a staggering example of the insights that interactive visualisation can give. What’s more, the code used for the data analysis and visualisation is all available on Github.

a beautiful interactive map of wind flow across the USA (via @_jbag @sebemina)

wind (2008), a sound sculpture that responds to wind patterns in the viewer’s visual field, by @damian0815

windswept (2012), a wind-driven kinetic fa├žade indicating the direction of windflow over the surface of a building

weather station (norbert schnell & robin minard, 1995) uses climate sensors and 310 piezos for weather-reactive sonics

Wind Knitting Factory

Here in our headquarters inside the Variable 4 windmill, we keep an ear to the ground for innovative and engaging weather-related artworks. We’re putting together a collection to publish shortly, but in the meantime, we couldn’t resist mentioning this piece. Merel Karhof’s Wind Knitting Factory is a mechanical device which harnesses wind power to produce a neverending scarf, which is occasionally harvested to produce wearable garments.


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In a charming touch, the product is linked to the process with a label indicating the date and time taken to knit each garment.


future city senario

The group’s blog includes a collection of images of urban windmills, and an adaptation of the idea into wearable brooches which convey the air movement created when the wearer moves around.


Weather data #3: Wind direction through May 2009

Thanks once again to the impressive archival of Romney Marsh Weather, here’s a third plot of wind direction data: this time, on a 5-minutely basis, through the entirety of May 2009.


All of these plots have been created with the invaluable R toolkit, with ggplot2 and circstats for polar plots.

Weather data #2: Wind direction

As a followup to our earlier post on weather data from Romney Marsh, here’s a quick circle plot of the wind direction over the same time period (30 April – 6 May 2010).

It seems to tally pretty closely with the Met Office commentary on southern wind patterns: prevailing south-westerlies from the passing Atlantic depressions, alongside seasonal winds from the north-east due to high pressure over Scandinavia.

Romney Marsh Wind Direction, w/e 6 May 2010

Romney Marsh Wind Direction, w/e 6 May 2010.
Data: Romney Marsh Weather

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