Posted on June 7th, 2016

Apollo News Snippets – June 2016

April 2016 was the warmest April since 1880 with record warmth over much of the Mediterranean and South America. Small pockets of cooler weather were seen over the southern tip of South America and in northern Canada.
  • In April, more record temperatures were recorded across the planet according to the NOAA climate report. Month after month we have seen the same trend here, with April 2016 recorded as the warmest April since record keeping began in 1880. It was also the fourth warmest month on record, beat only by December 2015, February 2016 and March 2016. When considering the land masses only, it was the third warmest April on record.
  • Baseball season is in full swing and in honor of my favorite team, my Google Search of the month was, “GIS and Orioles.” If you look through the long list of hits, you might find this gem by N.G. Swenson of the University of Arizona where they study the distribution of avian species, including two orioles, using GIS. The study examined climatic factors and their influence on species diversification and hybridization.
  • From Memphis, we travel south and west to review Texas’ largest city’s online GIS resources, Houston. And while the GIS landing page leaves much to be desired, it links to an online portal called My City that is quite robust! In My City, you can access a variety of online maps based on themes like crime, permits and fire hydrants. Advanced GIS users might skip over this online portal and go straight here where you can download a huge variety of vectors and rasters.

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
(720) 470-7988

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