Wind map to show change in vote shares and participation

The Washington Post goes with a wind metaphor to show the change in voting activity between 2016 and 2020. The up and down direction represents change in turnout, and the left and right direction represents change in vote margin.

A fun riff on the classic Viégas and Wattenberg wind map and the Bostock and Carter election map from 2012.

The Post map is based on this and this code.

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Airport runway orientation reveals wind patterns

Airport runways orient certain directions that correlate with wind direction in the area. It helps planes land and take off more easily. So, when you map runways around the world, you also get wind patterns, which is what Figures did:

Winds circulate around the globe, forming patterns of gigantic proportions. These patterns become part of human culture and are reflected in our architecture. They are hidden designs, mapping the complexion of the earth, which we can uncover. By orienting on the direction of general winds, airports recreate wind patterns, forming a representation of a global wind map with steel and stone, thus making the invisible visible.

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Time-lapse of all the wind in 2018

Using the same National Weather Service data that powers his live-ish wind map of Earth, Cameron Beccario put together a time-lapse for all of 2018. Watch it on full-screen in its 4k glory.

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World Cup play activity visualized like wind maps

A fun experiment by Neil Charles that used the aesthetics of wind maps to represent World Cup 2018 play activity:

It looks like the familiar shape of an average football game, with the bulk of the play happening out wide and then converging onto the opponent’s area. Colour in this is example is by number of passes (hotter = more) and I’ve also drawn locations with fewer passes more faintly, but the aim is visual impact rather than strict best practice so I deliberately haven’t included a legend.

Clearly this has to be done for every other sport now.

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Wind prediction and potential power

Project Ukko

As we use up current energy resources, it grows more important to look to alternative energy sources. Wind is one potential area, but the problem is that one has to know where it's windy enough — now and in the future — to justify the cost of building the structures to harness the energy. It's freakin' wind, and variability is all over the place.

Project Ukko is an effort to make wind research predictions accessible to those who need such information. The visualization component by Moritz Stefaner, in collaboration with Future Everything and BSC, shows a number of wind factors around the world.

Lines on the map represent three things at once. Opacity shows the strength of prediction based on historical data, width represents wind speed, and angle plus color represents predicated change in wind speed. Select any line for more information on a specific area, which includes a range of possible outcomes instead of just a worthless mean or median.

Really nice, and I imagine it should be quite useful for those in the wind industry. For the rest of us, it's fun to look and poke at.

Summary of the project in the video below:

Also, find out more on Moritz's design process on his site. [Thanks, Moritz]

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