Intro to the map
This map shows the 3 major weather disasters in 2010. Different colors represent different disaster. The different opacity of the fill color indicates the different level of effect those disasters have on different areas. Higher of the opacity , severer of the damage .
Because this news is about the weather disasters. It is necessary to tell the readers which area was affected. Yet, if it is told in words, a lot of sentences will be used to tell the names of the area and how were those area affected. It makes the news very stuffy and cumbersome. Moreover, it takes effort and time from the readers to locate the name of area in the map in their minds. Possible , some readers will skip this news for the simple reason that it is not easy to digest this news. And nowadays, the busy people will only pay attention to news which can get information from very quickly. Using this map can solve all of the problem. A map can deliver the some amount of information that sever sentences can delivered. Moreover, it is more straightforward than words. Readers can know the effects of those disasters as soon as the have a look at it.
Summary of the news
In March, heavy rainfall and flooding in the Northeast, including the worst in Rhode Island‘s history, caused more than $1.5 billion in damages and killed 11 people.
Several days of flooding, hail, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in late April and early May left a trail of destruction across many Southern states, causing $2.3 billion in damages and killing 32 people. Tennessee was hit the hardest, and flooding in Nashville alone contributed to more than $1 billion in losses.
Finally, in mid-May of last year, a flurry of tornadoes and severe weather hit the middle of the country. Total losses exceeded $3 billion and three people died because of the storms. Oklahoma suffered the highest losses, with more than $1.5 billion in damages.