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Posted on February 7th, 2017

Apollo News Snippets – February 2017

The 2016 annual departure from average NOAA map shows pockets of record warmth across every continent with no pockets of cooler weather over any major land mass.
  • A double dose of NOAA global climate reports this month! First, the December 2016 report shows that it was the third hottest in the 137-year record at 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average but still well below the December record set in 2015 at 2.02 degrees. The annual 2016 global report paints a bleaker environmental picture as 2016 was the third year in a row of record setting heat at 1.69 degrees above the 20th Century average. Will the Drumpf administration tackle this problem? Seems unlikely with his choice to head the EPA.
  • It’s definitely time for spring, this cold has got me down – so for my Google Search of the month, how about we go with, “GIS and sunshine!” And much to my delight, I found this article from The Sentinel Watch about GIS and the wine industry. I mean what better way to celebrate sunshine than with a little wine – cheers!
  • In last month’s review of online GIS websites for the largest city in a state, we reached the last state, Wyoming; so now it is back to the top for a review of the second largest city in the state’s online resources, starting with Montgomery, Alabama. And while the homepage leaves much to be desired, there is a reasonable web map that can be accessed here. It has a limited number of layers that can be turned on and off. One cool feature is the Pictometry button under Tools, it brings up a view of a small location of very high resolution oblique (side view) aerial imagery. There is no way to download actual GIS data from what I can see.

Brock Adam McCarty
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