Wind vectors

Wind maps are generated by computer programs as spaces of wind field vectors. The maps are updated in real-time, can analyse wind vectors for up to a height of 140m and have been used for many applications. They are the ones we usually see on TV when the weather forecaster tells us if we can take a walk in the park or stay at home and have our pandesal and coffee instead since the weather doesn’t permit us to.
As another application, energy researchers use these to find optimal land spaces for energy resource gathering. They use wind maps to know where the most frequent and fast speed winds occur to increase energy production and at the same time lessen wind turbine production costs (taking into account how high a tower for the mechanism needs to be built and how many should be built as well).

To know more about wind energy (and other forms of energy) harnessing:

Here is a simple example..

The arrows tell us wind’s direction and each one’s elongation tell us how fast they move with respect to the ground

As a side note, the thought of making these wind maps more refined and more fluid as in the work of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg made them worthy to be exhibited in MoMA in New York.

Article here:

Wind map simulation created by the two googlers: