Putting all the hurricanes and tropical storms since 1851 onto one map looks similar to a giant hurricane swirl itself.

Created by John Nelson with IDV User Experience, the map of all the storms is color-coded based on intensity from data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

IDV User Experience John Nelson Puts Together Map of Hurricanes and Tropic Storms Since 1851

(Image: John Nelson/IDV User Experience)

Here’s what Nelson had to say about the map as a whole:

A couple of things stood out to me about this data. 1) Hurricanes clearly abhor the equator and fling themselves away from the warm waters of their birth as quickly as they can. 2) Detection has skyrocketed since satellite technology but mostly since we started logging storms in the eastern hemisphere. Also the proportionality of storm severity looks to be getting more consistent year to year with the benefit of more data.

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