Posted on December 6th, 2016

Apollo News Snippets – December 2016

201610The October 2016 temperature percentiles departure map shows a large pocket of cooler to much cooler than average over large stretches of northern Asia and parts of Canada, with pockets of record warmth mainly centered in the Tropics.
  • The October 2016 NOAA global climate report shows a break from the string of record warmth. The temperatures were still well above 20th Century averages but not as grossly inflated as in the past stretch of months. This October 2016 was “only” the third hottest October on month and the lowest departure from average since November 2014.
  • On December 20, 1606 the Virginia Company expedition set off for new lands to be called America and in honor of this event, my Google search of the month was “Virginia Company and GIS.” If you peel through the results, you might find this article by David Allen about the “Velasco Map.” And while this article on the “Velasco Map” is not exactly about the Virginia Company, it is rather compelling as it is an analysis of the map to determine if it might be a forgery.
  • This month we travel from an Appalachian town to one of the Midwest’s major cities with a review of Wisconsin’s largest city’s GIS, Milwaukee. I have to say that I am very impressed with the functionality you can find on their GIS homepage as they have provided nearly every type of mapping service you could expect. For novice users, they offer a robust list of premade web maps – the only critique I have is that the web maps must be viewed in Internet Explorer or Firefox as they require Silverlight which is not supported in Chrome. For more advanced users, Milwaukee GIS offers web services (such as a REST API), downloadable shapefiles as well as tabular datasets. Nice work Milwaukee GIS!

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
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