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Mapping a violent force of tornados

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 

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Missed out on attending State of the Map 2017? Here are all the talks

The 10th annual State of the Map conference was held earlier this month in Japan. According to the organisers over 200 participants attended one of the most important OpenStreetMap related conferences of the year. Google, Facebook, Apple, Mapbox, Mapillary and many others had interesting talks scheduled during the event. If like me, you also missed out on attending the event in person, here’s your chance to listen to the talks from your comfort of your home!

Here is the link to all the talks from SOTM 2017. The talks are tagged based on the conference schedule, so if you are looking for a particular talk, you might want to look at the schedule and then look for the corresponding Youtube video. Here is the link to the conference program.

A few highlights 

Just a couple of topics that I found interesting from the first two days of the conference

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