This Wind Map Explains Everything About the Storms Hitting Hawaii

Wind patterns make for beautiful, transient art. Only most of the time, you can't actually see wind. Enter an online visualization tool called earth.

We told you about earth earlier this year. It's a fun, interactive map to play around with, but it also provides a fascinating glimpse into the way that extreme weather events in one part of the world affect milder weather patterns elsewhere.

Click through to check out how the storms that are busy battering Hawaii this weekend influence weather as far away as Alaska or California. Then, use your mouse to rotate the globe so that Antarctica is centered and imagine how much worse the penguins have it right now.