The Worst Hurricanes in Living Memory Across the North-East, Mapped

Imagine if you could find a 105-year-old in every town and ask them which hurricane strike they remembered being the worst throughout their entire life. Or imagine mining databases for the same information. Either way, this map is the result.

Put together by Randall Munroe for today's XKCD, this map uses HURDAT and NCEP rainfall measurements between 1914 and 2014 to zone off areas by the worst hurricane in living memory. While more recent storms seem to account for larger swathes of land, it's interesting just how wide the spread of dates is. [XKCD]