When a forcast is not a forcast

The National Weather Service, using data provided by the US Geological Survey, posts on the web data and forecasts for many rivers in the United State. Earlier this year I was looking at the forecasts for the river levels at St. Louis on the Mississippi River. The current forecast can be found here. The problem […]

Tornado graphics that don’t work

It was inevitable that after the devastating tornado in Moore, OK others would ask what is the tornado risk in my area. The Washington DC area was no exception. The Washington area Capital Weather Gang posted a piece about tornadoes in the Washington forecast area. But the graphics just do not work. The lead visualization […]

Health care cost variability and mortality

The federal government recentlyreleased some detailed data on the variability of health care costs across the hospitals in the Untied States. Much was made of just how much variability there was even for hospitals in the same geographic area. Kitware, Inc. posted an interactive graphic visualization of the data for the treatment of pneumonia and […]

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