Tornadoes: Picking up the pieces with SAS

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Last night, here in the U.S., an outbreak of deadly tornadoes tore across several states. Unfortunately, nobody knows how to predict a tornado with certainty, but let's brainstorm on how SAS Software can help analyze the data in the aftermath of a natural disaster like this...

Being a graph guy, the first thing that comes to mind is showing the locations of the storms on a map. The data for the latest tornadoes isn't available yet, but here's a map showing the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak of February 5, 2008 (modeled after a NOAA map):

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And once the damage reports are in, how about a SAS county map, shaded by the amount of damage, overlaid on top of a street map, similar to this one showing hurricane strikes in Florida (modeled after a NOAA map):

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Or perhaps something even more detailed, such as using SAS to overlay a grid on a county map, using colors to represent the amount of damage within each grid cell:

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What other specific ways do you think SAS Software might could be used in helping people after a natural disaster like this? (maybe logistics or managing data?) Share your ideas in the comments section!

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Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over a quarter century, and his specialty is customizing graphs and maps - adding those little extra touches that help them answer your questions at a glance. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University.

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