Data Vis Dispatch, September 5

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

Welcome back to the 109th 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 pandemic recovery data and the end of summer.

Let’s start this week with a look at four especially beautiful animated stories from the New York Times:

The New York Times: America Is Using Up Its Groundwater Like There’s No Tomorrow, August 29
The New York Times: ‘War Against the Children,’ August 30
The New York Times: How Xi Returned China to One-Man Rule, September 2
The New York Times: A Thousand Tiny Quakes, August 30

The Wall Street Journal published a series of detailed visualizations on Russian fortifications in southern Ukraine:

The Wall Street Journal: Russia’s Vast Fortifications in Ukraine, Visualized, September 2
The Wall Street Journal: This Part of Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Is Pressing Forward, With Little Western Help, September 2
The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Fights to Widen Its Puncture of Russian Front Lines, September 1
The Economist: Ukraine’s counter-offensive is speeding up, September 1

While the Financial Times highlighted new and newly revised data on the pandemic-era economic recovery:

Financial Times: Big US city downtowns ‘stuck’ behind smaller rivals in pandemic recovery, August 29
Financial Times: UK economy bounced back from Covid, ONS revisions reveal, September 1

But summer is coming to a close — which means hurricane season in the Atlantic:

Bloomberg: Tracking Idalia’s Latest Path, August 30
The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Idalia Forecast to Hit Florida as Category 4, Catastrophic Storm Surge Expected, August 29

As the seasons change, migratory birds fly back to their northern habitats and French schoolchildren return to their desks:

The New York Times: For Migrating Birds, It’s the Flight of Their Lives, August 29
Le Monde: Rythmes scolaires : la France a-t-elle les plus longues vacances en Europe ?, August 29

Other standout charts and maps covered everything from open water swimming to environmental rights to America’s “Pizza Belt”:

The Washington Post: Swimming the Triple Crown is a feat like no other, August 31
The New York Times: Visualizing the Latest Wave of N.C.A.A. Conference Realignment, September 1
CNN: In the last decade, an estimated 40 million Americans lived within 1 mile of a mass shooting, August 30
The Wall Street Journal: A Father’s Desperate 5-Story Jump to Save His Children From Johannesburg Blaze, September 4
FlowingData: When the Cost of a Mortgage is a Multiple of the Original Loan, August 31
The Washington Post: A new tool in the fight to save the planet? A 6th-century Roman doctrine, September 1
The Wall Street Journal: EV Boom Remakes Rural Towns in the American South, August 31
The New York Times: Big Farms and Flawless Fries Are Gulping Water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, September 3
The Washington Post: The most popular pizza style in every state, mapped, September 1

What else we found interesting

CNN: Final call for paper boarding passes?, September 3

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