Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Apollo News Snippets – March 2015

201501The January 2015 NOAA percentile departure from normal temperature map. You can see that large pockets of eastern and central Asia were well above average while pockets of India, western Asia and the east coast of North America were well below average.
  • It’s March which is the unofficial beginning of Spring in Colorado and also the month of one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of St. Patty’s Day, my Google Search this month was, “GIS and St. Patrick’s Day.” If you scroll through the search results, you might come across this paper by Chad Bunn of California Polytechnic State University. Bunn uses open-source GIS software to analyze crime patterns in the city of San Luis Obispo, California. And his findings about crimes on St. Patrick’s Day are, well, not surprising!
  • From Nebraska, we head west to the shining city in the desert, Las Vegas, Nevada, for a review of their GIS resources. The City of Las Vegas makes available a very nice web map with a wide range of data layers that can be toggled on and off. There is a way to generate a link on the web map so that others can look at the same display that you have created.  There are also a bunch of maps that can be downloaded in PDF format on this page. A glaring oversight is the ability to download the shapefiles and rasters that drive the web map and PDFs.

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
(720) 470-7988
brock@apollomapping.com

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