Mapping a violent force of tornados

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Nature can be as beautiful as violent. It can amaze, but it also brings a force of destruction: tornados and hurricanes. At the same time, mapping weather patterns is typically boring, and it lacks on this ambivalent excitement.

Typically… But not in this case of maps by John Nelson, who pulled the historic data from NOAA on hurricanes and tornados and created an amazing series of maps showing the direction, frequency, and strength of each storm. The brightness of the lines is indicating the intensity.

From design and cartographic perspective, the series is great. From user stand point it’s a pity that the maps are not interactive to play around and filter out data relevant for your region. Nonetheless, these beautiful maps of destruction are simply stunning!

source: IDV Blog 
source: IDV Blog 
source: IDV Blog 
Aleks Buczkowski

I’m a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.