Last night those based in the Bristol / Bath area of the UK, were treated to a particularly epic lightning storm. Every 10-20 seconds for around 3-hours, fork lightning flashed across the sky in what proved to be a rather stunning display.
There’s a been a lot written about this little graphic by Vox over the past few weeks. The aim of the graphic, according to the accompanying article, is to highlight that we’re not necessarily donating to the right charities. But the way the data has been encoded makes it very hard to ascertain this story from the visual alone.
At first glance this visualisation by Periscopic may seem a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of information on this one page, and it may be hard to know where to start. But give it just a few moments. You'll start to really appreciate how such a large dataset has been made accessible via a very clever encoding method.