4 Gorgeous Maps That Show The Most Disaster-Prone Places In America

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Late last year John Nelson — a UX & Mapping manager at IDV Solutions — published a series of maps that looked at a new way to articulate weather data. 

With wildfires raging throughout Colorado and a nasty string of wild weather events hitting the U.S., there couldn't be a better time to check them out once again. 

His Excel fix mapped data from a pivot table to a spreadsheet that represented pictorially a pixelated map of the U.S. The result is nothing short of awesome. 

We were turned on to Nelson's work after he submitted a timely link about wildfires to the DataIsBeautiful subreddit.

John let us republish some of his maps, so h ere are four of his coolest charts. Be sure to click to enlarge, the detail is astounding:

1. Wildfires in the contiguous U.S. since 2001

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John Nelson / IDV

2. Tornadoes in the contiguous U.S. since 1950

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John Nelson / IDV

3. Earthquakes since 1968. Just look at those tectonic plate outlines. 

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John Nelson / IDV

4. Worldwide hurricanes since 1851. It's a little difficult to read, but just compare it to this map from Nelson showing the same data. 

The left-most region of hurricanes hits North and Central America. The empty space down the middle of the left-most bunch is Mexico.

On the right, the bottom right line is made up of typhoons in the Indian ocean. The top right bunch are tropical Pacific cyclones.

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John Nelson / IDV

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