Friday, January 3, 2014

Best maps of 2013

“The image above is a screenshot from an amazing interactive global map of near-real-time wind pattern forecasts, based on data from the Global Forecast System. Cameron Beccario, inspired by last year's extremely popular U.S. wind map, built this visualization using D3 and other javascript modules. The interactive version is really fun to play with by turning the globe with your mouse, and the patterns are nothing short of mesmerizing. It's maps like these that make us really want to learn how to code.”

We are starting off the New Year with Wired Science’s Best Maps of 2013.  Or, as they titled them, “The Most Amazing, Beautiful, and Viral Maps of the Year.” A great selection, and of the 15 maps they featured, 3 are about New York City.  I found this one, NYC Henge, to be particularly interesting. 

“Twice a year, the setting sun lines up with the street grid of New York City's Manhattan, creating an incredible show and a free-for-all for amateur photographers. The phenomenon is known as Manhattanhenge, but the map above, dubbed NYCHenge and made by Javier Santana shows when and where the show can be caught all across New York City, any day of the year.”