Category Archives: Visualize

Data Visualization Pitfalls to Avoid

Data visualization is a challenge for all of us, done correctly can be very powerful, done incorrectly can undermine your communication efforts.

Tamara Munzer with the Department of Computer Science from the University of British Columbia assembled this document I found quite helpful. The information provided is quite dense so plan on spending an hour at least going over her presentation.

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A sample from Tamara’s paper:

Data Visualization Pitfalls to Avoid

Perpetual Ocean – visualizing ocean currents

This animation of the ocean currents is fascinating! In 7th grade I wanted to become an Oceanographer – I think that was influenced by my Dad and his love of SCUBA diving and his hero Jacque Cousteau. I went on to study Earth Sciences, Marine Science, Hydrology, Geology, etc. and discovered the mapping sciences as a great way to analyze and visualize complex data.

This posting produced by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio is a great example of #BigData and #Mapping:


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Visualizing Wind and Wind Forecasting

This provides some interesting insights to wind and may be helpful to many. I like the Windyty Forecasting tool. Thank you Cameron Beccario for a great open source tool! More available at: Via FB on and via Twitter at @windytycom

This is using data from the NOAA Global Forecast System (GFS) –  

The current conditions resolution is about 18 miles and the forecast resolution about 44 miles – the model couples together 4 models (atmosphere, ocean, land/soil, and sea ice). I could not find if this was surface winds and how high in the atmosphere these go. I am assuming this is just surface conditions. It would be interesting to see upper level winds and model those in 3D! #JustSaying


The Windly About link states: is advertisement free and a strictly non-commercial project.

GFS forecast model, produced by NOAA, is the major source of weather data. Forecast data are updated four times a day. Beautiful forecast for location detail are produced by and are based on NMM, NEMS or GFS mathematical models with different resolution, based on location (more info here).

Thanks again to Cameron Beccario for a great way to visualize wind data. See also my previous post on Earth Animated Map – Wind on the Globe –