I've been mesmerized by a gorgeous "map" of the wind, and recently wrote about it for Time.com.

The map, which shows wind patterns sweeping hugely across the country, is beautiful and provocative; it is changed daily. It is an example of the best kind of "data visualization", graphic industry jargon for the presentation of data. As a former magazine editor, I love this stuff; the possibilities now for creating pictures of the world around us are endless, and so much more exciting and effective than the old paper and ink days.

Use this link for the map itself, as the picture on the Time column does not link to it. The map captures only data about the wind--not air pollution data--but you can quite easily understand why pollution from, say, Texas has an impact on air, and water, (as mercury emissions deposit in our lakes and rivers) all over the country. It is fun to go back in the archives to see how the wind patterns change day to day. Texas could be one of the largest suppliers of wind energy in the country!

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