Data Visualization: Hurricane Irene vs Katrina, Wilma, Rita

Here’s Hurricane Irene, showing wind speeds every six hours, as tracked by the National Hurricane Center. She reached Category 3 status over the Caribbean Islands – a respectable 120 mph storm – but was down to a Category 1 hurricane by the time she reached North Carolina.

How does Irene compare to Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita, the famous swarm of Category 5 hurricanes from 2005?

These slides come from my SlideShare project “50 Years of Fury”, which studies 50 years of hurricane data to answer the question: are hurricanes getting worse because of global warming. View it here. It’s a good example of many of my principles in action. 

About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the New Language of Business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.

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One Response to Data Visualization: Hurricane Irene vs Katrina, Wilma, Rita

  1. Donna Cunningham says:

    I like this presentation very much, especially (spoiler alert!) that the “answer” is not provided. Viewers can look at the data and decide what they think themselves.

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