Tornado Tracks Data and Risk Visualization

big data visualization shows tornado activity with historical data tools

Tornado Tracks is a data and risk visualization from IDV Solutions, built with our risk awareness and response software, Visual Command Center.


About the demo

Tornado Tracks visualizes more than sixty years of data about tornadoes in the US, in a form that makes patterns in geography and time easily observable. Watch the video below to see how we visualized data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on hundreds of tornadoes.

Tornado animation: 60 years in 3 minutes
Watch our month-by-month animation for a quick view of tornado activity in the US.



Each of the white trails on the map represents an individual tornado path. A path’s brightness denotes wind intensity, with brighter strokes representing more violent storms. With a combination of checkboxes and slider filters, the demo allowed users to find the most destructive tornadoes (measured by injuries, fatalities, and property damage) and the most intense tornadoes, as measured on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale ─ the tool that meteorologists use to estimate tornado wind speeds.

tornado tracking on the enhanced fujita tornado scale tornado tracking in may and june 1985

You can read more about the development of the Tornado Tracks visualization in IDV Solutions’ User Experience and Enterprise Ready blogs. Follow us on twitter, facebook, and LinkedIn for news about upcoming demos.

About Visual Command Center

Visual Command Center is risk awareness and response software for protecting employees, assets, and operations.

Visual Command Center helps organizations identify and evaluate risks to their people or assets, by integrating real-time information about external sources of risk, like natural disasters, and weather, with physical security data, for a comprehensive, global to ground-level view of risk and security.

Things to watch for in the Tornado Tracks video

  1. Watch the cycling calendar on the right to determine the months with the most tornadoes.
  2. Note the clustering in the southeastern US—the infamous “Tornado Alley.”
  3. Look for one of the largest, costliest tornado outbreaks ever recorded, on April 25–28, 2011. (Pause the video at 3:04.)

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