"I just came across the dataset online by accident," he told Thrillist. "I also thought that because of the very unfortunate events with Harvey, this might be interesting and informative for people."
The response was immediate. Submitted to Reddit over Labor Day Weekend, Tjukanov's post has amassed thousands of comments, shares, and upvotes. Many of them have provided him with feedback on the map, or asked him for one of the entire world, or pointed out valid questions, such as "Why do hurricanes only appear on the West Coast after the '40s?" (Answer: It was much more difficult to track Pacific hurricanes before weather satellites were launched.)
Based on that feedback and the response to this map, Tjukanov says he's currently at work on a global version of the graphic, emphasizing again that, while he does this kind of thing as his day job, this is still a hobby. One of the last maps he created was a rendition of all the roads in North America. "Best thing is when the data shows you something you weren't expecting," he said. "Or when human data starts to look organic when visualized correctly (like roads start to look like blood vessels)."