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If the answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, imaging and Web technology from NASA can help you find it.

The space agency has developed systems to convert wind data gathered by its SeaWinds satellites to near-real-time images of surface wind data for the world's oceans. The agency offers interpolated animations of global winds as viewed from a SeaWinds scatterometer at winds.jpl.nasa.gov. (Warning: It took about seven minutes to load via GCN's T1 line.) NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has posted Quicktime movies showing the satellites' paths over the Earth's oceans at the same page.

For a roundup of global wind data updated frequently, visit haifung.jpl.nasa.gov. The agency offers a daily wind report that provides images of current storms in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, as well as special attractions. According to NASA, some of the most dedicated users of the service are surfers'the wet, not Web variety'who use the site to locate large waves.

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