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Weather Maps and Images

(includes El Niño/La Niña)

Acid Rain (Online data and reports on acid rain, atmospheric deposition and precipitation chemistry)
Produced by the USGS, National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network (NADP/NTN). Retrieve data from NADP/NTN using base maps by state or watershed. View and download U.S. maps of atmospheric deposition, in either GIF or PDF format. PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader and are higher resolution than the GIF files.
A source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate, including maps and data.

Flood maps and Flood insurance studies (FEMA)
Available online from FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC) via “The FEMA Flood Map Store.” (Click the icon in the left navigation bar. Retrieve items by searching by state, county, or community name, or by navigating a map.) The MSC is one of a suite of online services planned to expedite the dissemination of FEMA’s flood map and insurance products.  MSC products include: Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Study reports, Digital Q3 flood data, Community Status Book, Flood Map Status Information Service, Letters of Map Change, and NFIP Insurance Manuals.

Get/View Online Climate Data and Weather Observations (National Climatic Data Center)
Get data and maps on climatology & extreme events and surface, upper air, and marine data.

Global Climate Change
Produced by the National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The section “Data, Images, and Climatology” includes data tables and images for various weather-related events such as heavy rain, tornadoes, hurricanes, and snowstorms; satellite images; radar composite images; and local storm reports.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans
The Storm Track system receives weather data from the US National Weather Service via satellite. The system creates an entry for each tropical depression, storm, or hurricane when the National Weather Service begins issuing advisories.

National Weather Service - Interactive Weather Information Network
This system is located at the National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. It obtains raw data from a telecommunications gateway, satellites, and other multilayered redundant links. The “Graphics” button includes links to GOES imagery (infra-red,  water vapor, etc.), Nexrad radar images, Hydro-meteorological Prediction Center forecast graphics, HPC Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts, and Storm Prediction Center graphics.

The NOAA Weather Page (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Includes links to a number of other weather-related services around the world which use weather information derived from NOAA products.

OSEI (Operational Significant Event Imagery) (NOAA Satellite and Information Services)
“The Operational Significant Event Imagery team produces high-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events which are visible in remotely-sensed data available at the NOAA Science Center in Suitland, Maryland.” OSEI products include multichannel color composite imagery and animations. Images are organized by topic: Current events, Dust storms, Fires, Floods, Icebergs, Ocean, Severe weather, Snow cover, Storms, Tropical cyclones, Unique imagery, and Volcanoes. Archive files are included.

  El Niño/La Niña:

NOAA El Niño Page
Includes What is an El Niño?; a comprehensive listing of NOAA El Niño sites with Forecasts, Observations, and Research; “More About El Niño”; and “La Niña.”

NOAA La Niña Page
Includes What is La Nina?, “General information,” “Forecasts,” “Impact,” and “La Niña Summit.”

USGS News and Information on El Niño
Includes information on floods, landslides, coastal hazards, and climate.

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Revised: October 2014, Sarah Schmidt