Sandy’s vortex

Hint.fm’s wind map has been producing some incredible imagery of the wind patterns of the United States throughout¬†Hurricane¬†Sandy. But this is as amazing as it is disturbing:

Screen cap of the winds in the Mid-Atlantic region during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. Credit: hint.fm

Now keep in mind, this is simply a mashup of wind data, and not a radar map or a satellite image. But the pattern of Sandy is very clear. The white streaks indicate wind speeds of 30 mph, but the truth is that winds are much, much faster than that, with gusts up to 80 mph in some locations.

And that vortex is situated right in the area I grew up and not far at all from where I currently live. But it also means that there are a lot of folks I know, and many more I don’t know, without power tonight.

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