Blowing in the wind


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Want to see where the wind is blowing? Check out this website, which shows an animated map of the wind patterns blowing across the continental United States, continually updated.

Wind map of the U.S.

It is fascinating to watch. For example, you can immediately see why Chicago is called the “Windy City.” The map also outlines the mountains. In Oregon/Washington, you can see the wind blowing north between the Cascades and the mountains of Idaho. Similarly, the Appalachian Mountains can be traced running from the southwest to the northeast in the eastern U.S. The circular area north of Denver that the winds seem to avoid is the northwest corner of Wyoming, where the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone are located.

It would be especially interesting to look at this map when a strong hurricane made landfall somewhere.

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  • rod johnson

    Very interesting , will pass on to my niece and nephew who even in their teens and twenties still marvel at weather. Thanks for the great site!

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