Sitting in London, our thoughts are with all those suffering the devastating effects of Storm Sandy in the US and elsewhere. For those anxious to track its chaos, this fascinating live data visualisation created by Fernanda Vegas and Martin Wattenberg on HINT.FM represents the destructive force of nature in all its complexity. The Wind Map was created as a “living portrait of the wind currents over the U.S,” which artfully reflects the weather patterns and their emotional impact on our lives.
Hint.fm is a collaboration site that introduces new ways for people to engage and visualise data that otherwise can appear as confusing statistics and in addition to the live data visualisations, the website includes images capturing the portraits of the winds past, including images from Hurricane Isaac in September 2012.
To find out more about the impact of Storm Sandy visit The New York Times microsite which assesses the damage with data visualisations alongside images of the impact taken at the worst-hit areas.