Animated Visual: A Day in the Life of Americans

One of the more effective data visualizations I’ve seen in a while, this animated visual is a time-varying Markov chain developed by Nathan Yau of FlowingData.  This is a simulation of 1,000 people’s average day. It’s based on 2014 data from the American Time Use Survey, made way more accessible by the ATUS Extract Builder.


Real-time Wind, Weather & Climate on Animated Earth Projection

When I got this link in my daily feed from FlowingData this morning, I thought this would just be yet another nifty map graphic but it’s not.  It’s a very sophisticated body of work – not only cool but “earth” is a very sophisticated projection of real-time weather and climate data projected over the entire planet.

Author, Cameron Beccario, describes his work as “a visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers updated every three hours.  Ocean surface current estimates updated every five days; ocean surface temperatures and anomaly from daily average (1981-2011) updated daily.”  Data is aggregated from NCEP, the National Weather Service & NOAA.  Graphics were created with JavaScript libraries: D3.js, backbone.js and node.js.


You can see here typhoon Matmo which is moving over Taiwan at the time of this posting.  The menu options allow you to select wind speeds at different elevations, actual and perceived temperatures, clouds, humidity and precipitation.

This is really nice work!


Cameron shares his work at