Data Vis Dispatch, December 27

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Welcome back to the 74th edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.

Recurring topics this week include snowfall, a cold snap, and 2022 in review.

This is the last Dispatch of 2022! Several newsrooms looked back on their work from the past year:

Bloomberg: 2022 in Data and Graphics, December 22
The Wall Street Journal: 2022: The Year in Graphics, December 22
FiveThirtyEight: 33 Cool Charts We Made In 2022, December 20
SBS News: Mabu News 2022, December 22
The Economist: War replaces disease as the world’s most newsworthy subject, December 20

Another year-end preoccupation: snow, especially snow on Christmas.

Zeit Online: Früher war mehr Weiß, December 23
The New York Times: Will You Have a White Christmas This Year?, December 22
Le Monde: La neige à Noël, espèce en voie de disparition en Europe, December 23
The Press and Journal: White Christmas in numbers: Sixty years of snow days in the north and north-east, December 23

Of course, winter isn’t just about snow — it’s also cold and dark:

The Washington Post: As Arctic air blasts U.S., see where temperatures will fall fastest and farthest, December 21
Financial Times: ‘Bomb cyclone’ to blame for Arctic freeze gripping northern hemisphere, December 24
FiveThirtyEight: Can You Make Winter Less Dark?, December 22

Plus, The New York Times looked back on the 10th anniversary of their “Snow Fall” visual story:

The New York Times: ‘Snow Fall’ at 10: How It Changed Journalism, December 23

Meanwhile, the winter season is bringing several country’s healthcare systems to a breaking point:

Financial Times: Health secretary to hold crisis talks with unions on UK ambulance workers’ strike, December 20
The Wall Street Journal: Flu, RSV and Covid Drive Demand for Children’s Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers, December 20
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Was ist bloß mit den Viren los?, December 21

Several charts looked at inequality and low wages:

The Pudding: Why the super rich are inevitable, December 21
The Wall Street Journal: Big Nonprofit Hospitals Expand in Wealthier Areas, Shun Poorer Ones, December 26
Financial Times: Britain’s winter of discontent is the inevitable result of austerity, December 23

Two illustrations focused specifically on rising food prices:

El País: Cuánto ha subido el precio de la cena de Navidad, plato a plato: del 10% de los langostinos al 27% de los polvorones, December 21
NBC News: How Inflation Has Hiked Holiday Dinner Food Prices: A Visual Guide, December 21

Other end-of-year economic stories included high interest rates and the collapse of cryptocurrencies:

Reuters: A year of wild swings, December 20
Bloomberg: All The Ways That Crypto Broke in 2022, December 22
The Wall Street Journal: Tesla Shares Head for Worst Year Ever as Elon Musk Focuses on Twitter, December 24

Millions of Ukrainians are without heat or power after Russian attacks on their infrastructure:

USA Today: Russian missile attacks on Ukraine power grids cut electricity, heat and water to millions, December 24

Meanwhile, western Europe continues to close nuclear power plants and Russia looks for new trade routes around sanctions:

Le Monde: Grandeur et décadence du nucléaire en France, December 21
Bloomberg: Russia and Iran Are Building a Trade Route That Defies Sanctions, December 21

With midterms barely behind us, U.S. political charts are already starting to look ahead to the 2024 presidential race:

FiveThirtyEight: When Might Other Republicans Challenge Trump For The 2024 Nomination?, December 23
The Economist: Donald Trump is losing ground to Ron DeSantis ahead of 2024, December 20
The Washington Post: Here’s which House members voted for or against the $1.7 trillion spending bill, December 23
The New York Times: Here Are the Key Numbers From Trump’s Tax Returns, December 21

This week served up several angles on plant and animal diversity:

Bloomberg: How Changing Diets Leave Us Exposed to War, Extreme Weather and Market Turbulence, December 22
Reuters: On the brink, December 23
The Economist: What makes certain dogs popular in certain countries, December 20

And other charts covered everything from the music of 2022 to impressively long careers:

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Der Sound der Krise, December 22
La Nación: ¡Ya ganamos la tercera! El apoyo a la selección argentina, December 23
The Economist: The decline of the city grid, December 20
The New York Times: The Tom Brady of Other Jobs, December 24

What else we found interesting

The New York Times: Modeling Key World Cup Moments with Machine Learning, December 20
The Economist: The remarkable return of adult colouring books, December 24
The Wall Street Journal: How to bike safely through the dark winter months, December 20

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