Where Do Hurricanes Strike Florida? (110 Years of Data)


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Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/22/2017 5:39:58 PM
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SaneIT writes

... I could see my wants as the focus of a different map, I just see the impact of a hurricane as more than the landfall. 

Definitely, as we know well in Central Texas. Harvey circled around inland (Victoria, Tx area) and during its mischief, it dumped enough rain just east of here to break flood-level records on the Colorado River and damage or destroy many swaths of homes (I don't have the number to hand). We're hours away from the Gulf Coast.

And:

Your comment about building bunkers rather than parking a mobile home is obvious but if you look at the keys or any of the coastal communities you'd be surprised how many homes even if not mobile were built in the 50s -70s, wood framed and are still standing.

I certainly hope so. My former mother-in-law (of deceased wife) lived in a mobile home on Key Largo, just across a road from the beach.

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Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/22/2017 8:20:55 AM
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@Broadway0474, sometimes that's easier said than done.  At one point it was taking 48 hours for residents of South Florida to get out of the state.  Traffic and fuel shortages didn't help that at all.  Then for those that are not central FL residents many of us who stayed were witness to a very odd shift in the storm.   Between  12-1AM the storm's path shifted dramatically from all of the forecast models and it put us right in the middle of the storm.  Had it stayed the course 50 miles West of us damages would have been greatly reduced in our area.  Because FL is not a very wide state any hurricane that makes landfall is apt to affect the whole state in some way and we can't evacuate the entire state when a storm is coming so we create little bunkers and hope for the best.  

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/21/2017 8:56:37 PM
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I once had an insurance adjuster friend of mine tell me that you always want to get out of the way of a hurricane. And after a n earthquake, its best to get out of the area --- what with fires following, creaky buildings and aftershocks.

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/21/2017 10:22:52 AM
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@SaneIT, I hear you! I don't believe we can ever be ready for natural catastrophy but anticipating the most likely is as good as it gets. I don't know about you, but my experience tells me that I will usually get other than the anticipated and almost never the most likely.

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/21/2017 8:29:38 AM
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I'm not sure if a fault line or a hurricane track model gives you more time to prepare or a better indicator of what is on the way.  I know I hear a lot about the possibility of an earthquake based on seismic data but it doesn't seem as sure as being able to see a storm coming.  I also wonder which is easier to build and prepare for, earthquakes do a lot of structural damage but how often are those buildings that existed before modern building codes?  I'd rather not pick, can we just find a way to build flying cities like on the Jetsons?

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/20/2017 4:53:33 PM
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Building codes get upgraded as more is learned from each passing occurance, but it only applies to new construction. The old structures if not too badly damaged get patched up and out of mind until the next time. I'm in California so no hurricane worries here, but earthquakes are our game. Same senerio. Florida tracks paths, we monitor fault lines. Pick your poison.

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/19/2017 8:30:43 AM
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@Lyndon_Henry, I could see my wants as the focus of a different map, I just see the impact of a hurricane as more than the landfall.  Your comment about building bunkers rather than parking a mobile home is obvious but if you look at the keys or any of the coastal communities you'd be surprised how many homes even if not mobile were built in the 50s -70s, wood framed and are still standing.  They take a beating every decade or so and someone puts them back together.  There are areas where those smaller, older beach houses are being replaced with block or poured concrete homes but what amazes me is that many of them are being built two or three stories high with lots of glass.  

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/19/2017 8:25:55 AM
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@Joe Stanganelli, Central FL actually, Charley, Frances and Jeanne all rolled through.  We had some nasty tornados spawn out of them and had quite a bit of flooding in my area because the water didn't have time recede before the next storm rolled through.  The wind damage to roofs was obvious all around the area so some of the building code changes weren't bad. The area had avoided major storms for more than a decade and the damage was unexpected.  When the storms were coming I kept hearing "only the coast has to worry about hurricanes" and I heard a little bit of that this time with Irma, yet central FL is still dealing with flooding issues, I see a whole lot of roofs missing singles and a week later I still see a lot of trees down.

Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/19/2017 7:18:42 AM
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SaneIT writes that "Strikes are nice to know but the path of the storm is just as important when it comes to FL since the peninsula is so narrow. "

I agree, but in my opinion that should be a focus of a different map, perhaps showing cumulative color-coded hurricane paths up the peninsula.

I find it interesting and informative to readily see the intensity of hurricane strikes along the Florida coast. This is where hurricanes make landfall with the greatest force, and where you might want to construct your house as a massive reinforced concrete bunker rather than, say, a mobile home.

The second map, with more useful info, is definitely my preference, but I'd suggest the use of "transparent" colors to let the city names peek through has not worked so well. I'd suggest just overlaying the city names in plain print over the colored areas. I think they'd be a lot more readable, wouldn't increase clutter, and the map would actually come out looking sharper and cleaner.

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Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
  • 9/18/2017 1:30:11 PM
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@SaneIT:

> 2004

I presume you're on the West Coast, then? Charley was pretty nasty, depending upon where you were, and pretty benign, also depending upon where you were.

It's interesting that after Charley and Wilma, the state legislature leapt to make new laws (and badly written ones, IMHO; I know because I analyzed the bill at the time) on BC/DR and building codes for high rises. A bit reactionary, though. 

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