While slow-moving Isaac pummels on people and property in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, it is certainly difficult to see any bright side of the storm. Though the winds are horrific up close, they are quite beautiful from a distance.

Wind Map, an art project of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, uses data from the National Digital Forecast Database to create a real-time, flowing image of wind currents the United States. Viewers can see a simple, calm depiction of the hurricane and notice how it interacts with other wind currents in the country.

The map is updated on the hour, and lists both top speed and average speed next to the zoomable map.

Isaac swirled in from the Gulf Coast and will dissipate as the winds move north. The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon after causing millions of dollars of destruction as a category 1 hurricane. Unfortunately, the storm moves an incredibly slow 5 miles per hour, so it might be a while before we see normal weather in Louisiana. The sluggish nature also allows the storm to cause significant destruction in a single area, leaving some residents to say Isaac is worse than Katrina. President Barack Obama has already declared major disasters for both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Our hearts go out to the victims, especially those who also lived through Katrina seven years ago. If you would like to help, you can donate to the Red Cross. May this disaster be handled promptly and efficiently.

Image credits: Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg