Visualising hurricanes

The following image, constructed by John Nelson, shows the locations and intensities of hurricanes and tropical storms since 1851. It is a chillingly beautiful representation, demonstrating the unequal geographical impact of these cyclones. While the entire mainland of the Americas remains visible, with a light peppering from occasional sorties by these violent natural phenomena, the Caribbean basin is almost entirely obliterated, hidden behind a layer of repeated assault. A very potent reminder of how much this region’s history, and the ongoing problems its people face, owe to the weather.

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