The Paths of 170 Years of Hurricanes Combined Into One Map: PHOTO

Hurricanes

Created by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this stunning image charts the nearly 12,000 tropical cyclones that have occurred across the globe since the NOAA began keeping a record in 1842. The team used colors to help show patterns in the density of storms affecting a given area.

The group also produced a second map showing storm intensity and an interactive map that allows you to track individual strom paths throughout history.