Hurricane simulations show severe flooding in Houston

Mar 4, 2016

In 2008, Hurricane Ike blew just past the Houston Ship Channel, “home to the nation’s largest petrochemical complex.” Had Ike touched down on the area, the damage could’ve been far worse than it was. In a collaboration between ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, Hell and High Water shows simulated models of what the flooding might look like next time, if a hurricane is a bit stronger, if it takes a slightly different path, and perhaps most importantly, if the area constructs more protections.

Spend a bit of time with this one. It almost seems like a straightforward map at first, because it loads so quickly and runs smoothly, but there’s a lot of data displayed at once. Winds, rising waters, hurricane paths, and several simulations. The map is browsable and searchable.

More on process here. [Thanks, Scott]

Favorites

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but …

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.