This is so fucking cool - a wind map of the U.S. Quote from the article I read: The kinetic map was developed by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who are exploring ways that data set in graphical form can help us think better collectively. Their map shows the potential of wind power as a long-term, reliable energy source, but the map is also a rich tool that visualizes the complex nature of air currents on earth.
Birmingham, Alabama with a series of huge "wave" shaped crests clouds. Experts have now explained the phenomenon as perfect examples of "Kelvin-Helmholtz" waves, when a fast layer moves over a slower layer and drags the top along creating a curled shape. Put in context of the ocean, this kind of turbulence forms when the top layer — air — moves faster than the water layer below. This creates what we all know as wave crests or breaks when the water surges forward.