How much warmer your city was in 2015

It was hotter in 2015 than any other year ever. K. K. Rebecca Lai for the New York Times shows just how much hotter it was in your city. Simply type in your city name or click on the arrows to browse to see a time series for the year.

The background bars in lighter gray show all-time highs and lows, the darker gray bars show normal range, and the red bars show the lows and and highs for 2015. So when you look at a time series for a single city, you’re essentially looking at three maximum and minimum value pairs for each slice of time.

Precipitation levels are shown on the bottom, and to top it off, there’s a spinny globe in the top right to orient you geographically. It packs a lot of information into one space, but it works. And speedy.

Favorites

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.