Two Amazing Maps: Current U.S. Wind Conditions and Every Watershed in America

If you're a map junkie like I am, then you will love these.

Current U.S. Wind Conditions 

Wind conditions on March 21, 2012.
This map displays in real-time the current wind conditions across the contiguous 48 states. Using surface wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database, it displays current wind speeds and directions using a multitude of moving, flowing lines.

You can also check out some striking past moments in recent wind history, including the landfalls of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Isaac.

It's a project of, which invents "new ways for people to think and talk about data." Awesome.

Watersheds in America

This map simply and elegantly displays every watershed in America. It was a recent project from former Google engineer Nelson Minar that demonstrated "a complete example of how to build a web map using tiled vector data."

As a non-tile-vector-data person myself, I'm not sure exactly what that means, but I would disagree with Minar's assessment that this map is not "particularly beautiful." As the below image and New England close-up illustrate, it's quite a striking demonstration!

Source: Nelson Minar; Flickr

Source: Nelson Minar; Flickr
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