Great Scientific Data VisualizationHint.fm, a collaboration site for Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, has created a kind of scientific/art project based on U.S. wind data. It's an animated wind map that is not only beautiful but also interactive: You can zoom in and out, drag it with your mouse, and if you hover over an area, it'll tell you wind speeds and the exact latitude-longitude location.
There's a gallery that shows all kinds of continent-wide wind patterns, some quite beautiful!
Wind Map/Screen capture
Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, updated once per hour. So what you're seeing is close to live data. (See the NDFD site for precise details; our timestamp shows time of download.) And for those of you chasing top wind speed, note that maximum speed may occur over lakes or just offshore.
Beautiful Interactive Animated Wind Map of the U.S.
Check out this beautiful art/science project. What kind of wind patterns are blowing in your area?