The Prettiest Way to See How Screwed Up Your Holiday Flights Are

Flying this holiday? I'm sorry. Here's to hoping you don't get stranded in East Nowheresville on the way. As for the rest of us, the Misery Map is a fantastic way to sit back and bask in the misfortune of others. Or, uh, give thanks that we're not stuck at an airport. Yeah, that second one.

FlightAware's Misery Map, which launched back in August, tracks weather patterns and the resulting flight delays across the continental United States all the time, but it's toward the holidays winter storms start rearing their ugly heads as Americans everywhere take to the skies. This lovely, simple, interactive map shows not only what flights out of what airports are delayed, but also the complex pattern of airport to airport flights on mouse-over.

The Prettiest Way to See How Screwed Up Your Holiday Flights Are

You can view the data in real-time, or go and play back the last couple of days to watch how a little bit of weather can absolutely demolish travel plans on a whim. And no one likes to show up late, sure, but the real trick is being able to escape as quickly as possible once the turkey's gone. [Misery Map via Buzzfeed]

It's one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, so what better time to take a closer look at how we get where we're going—and how we could be doing it better? Check out more of Gizmodo's Air Travel Week posts here.