Earlier today, Google published an online Crisis Map for Hurricane Sandy. It reminded me of a data visualization masterpiece from Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg’s. I stumbled upon their site — Wind Map a few months back and was just blow away.
Their site takes real surface wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database and creates a real time visualization of the data.
Although originally created as a personal art project by Fernanda and Martin (who currently lead Google’s “Big Picture” data visualization group in Cambridge, MA) I’ve found it a groovy way to visualize the progress of Hurricane Sandy across the east coast. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the data is quite beautiful as well!
I played with it this afternoon few minutes and made a quick screencast for groovyPost TV to show how it works and a few of the features. Enjoy!