Mapping Yesterday's Tornadoes
The National Weather Service has tons of free data available online, including a daily list of tornadoes. Here’s a map of yesterday’s 164 events, which occurred in 14 states. That’s almost the three-year average of 185, according to the agency. Here’s a map: View interactive version.
Congressional Campaign Totals
Members of Congress recently filed their quarterly campaign-finance reports, which detail their political fundraising, spending, cash on hand and debts. The Center for Responsive Politics posted the totals for all House and Senate members yesterday. This map shows fundraising totals by state: Here’s a per-capita version: The interactive version lets you toggle views between...
The United States of Movies
This word map visualizes places where popular movies were filmed: Via Brandishing Bonnets | H/T Jamie Vernon
I ditched the BlackBerry two years ago this week. Here’s where I’ve been since my iPhone started logging my travel coordinates (56,000 records and counting): Built with Fusion Tables.
Closing Texas' Budget Shortfall
At work we developed an app that allows readers to make choices in an effort to close the state’s $27 billion shortfall. Texas lawmakers have six weeks left in the regular session, and their struggle with the state’s tight budget is expected to take up much of that time. It could even push them into a special session this summer if they can’t reconcile differences between the...
Update: Peña's Proposed District a Toss-Up? →
By Matt Stiles As state Sen. Kel Seliger said last week, the decennial process of drawing the boundaries around legislative districts is inherently political, a fact that’s apparent by…
The Politics of Redistricting
A cross-post from my work blog: As state Sen. Kel Seliger said last week, the decennial process of drawing the boundaries around legislative districts is inherently political, a fact that’s apparent by looking at the maps themselves. Take the case of state Rep. Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg, who followed his 2010 election as a Democrat last year by switching to the GOP, which now has the largest...
Taxes in Context
A cool new tool for analyzing federal income tax burdens over time from Remapping Debate: … [U]sers will be able to make a host of observations. Two that we’ve noted: the halving of the tax burden from 1945 to 2011 for a married couple with taxable income (in 2010 dollars) of $1,000,000 saves that couple more than $340,000 over the tax bill that they would have had to pay back in 1945. A...
On the Records: Mapping Highway Speeds by State →
Charting the Tax-Exempt World
Today’s daily viz from Derek Lieu, a web producer at The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The number of charities and foundations in the United States reached nearly 1.3 million in 2010, representing a 150 percent growth over the last 20 years. This visualization charts the changes to the tax-exempt sector since 1991 using data released by the Internal Revenue Service. Click on the INFO box to...
Doctor Legislation Raises Safety Concerns,... →
Tree map: iTunes Top 100
Reading this New York Times story about data visualization, I stumbled upon a tree map of the 100 most popular songs on iTunes, updated every 24 hours: Source: The Hive Group | Data: xml
President Obama announced by email this morning that his reelection effort is starting. Here’s how that message looks as a word cloud:
An interactive map from work: This map visualizes the number of years officials have served in the U.S. House of Representatives, with darker shades representing longer seniority. Toggle the map below to see the members’ political affiliations (red=Republicans; blue=Democrats). Read a related story. Source: U.S. House Clerk | Data: CSV
Mapping World Gas Prices
Inspired by FlowingData’s post, I mapped world gas prices by gallon in U.S. dollars. Gas is most expensive Turkey ($9.69) and The Netherlands ($9.01), where my mother in law lives and drives. It’s least expensive in Venezuela (9 cents) and Saudi Arabia (61 cents), two oil-rich states that surely subsidize the cost for locals. (View larger interactive version) Source: Wikipedia |...