Tornado Path Visualization

Here is a data visualization of the paths of tornadoes in the US over the past 56 years. The brighter the blue, the more intense the tornado. This is also an excellent example of using opendata. The raw data is available at

Please continue to pray for the people in Moore, Oklahoma. If you feel moved to help, The Red Cross and Convoy of Hope are two organizations working in the area.






4 responses to “Tornado Path Visualization”

  1. Abhishek Avatar

    John says thanks! I sit next to him at work 🙂 We are a data visualization company based out of Lansing MI. I’m sharing this post on out company FB page

    1. Ryan Swanstrom Avatar

      Sounds great. Thanks for the comment and for sharing the link. Tell John it was a very nice visualization.


  2. Diana Alexander Avatar
    Diana Alexander

    It was very interesting. I wonder if anyone has done anything similar for storms that cause flooding because I think using Big Data to create models to predict flooding could not only save lives but be very lucrative. I was reading in Scientific American that New York could have a chance of 1 out of 2 of a flooding event like Hurricane Sandy by 2080.

    1. Ryan Swanstrom Avatar

      Very interesting. I have not read or seen anything about mathematical models for predicting flooding. That does not mean they do not exist. I would agree that a good model could both save lives and earn money. Hopefully someone is working on that. Thanks for the comment.


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