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Posted on March 8th, 2016

Apollo News Snippets – March 2016

The January 2016 NOAA temperature percentile departure map showing record warmth across large areas of the southern and mid-latitudes as well as the far northern hemisphere.
  • The January 2016 NOAA global climate reports confirms that the streak continues! And this not a good streak folks as it was the hottest January in the 137-year record, meaning it was also the ninth month in a row to break a temperature record. It was also the 14th month in a row to rank in the top three warmest years for a given month. And finally, it was the second hottest month ever recorded, second only to December 2015.
  • The Salvation Army was founded on March 10, 1880 and in honor of this event, my Google Search of the month was, “Salvation Army and GIS.” And what I found is a bit unique for this section of the News Snippets as typically I feature an academic publication here, but hey, why not offer a bit of shameless advertising for the GIS field as it can help you get a job even with the Salvation Army. You can see in this job description for their Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Impact and Analytics Manager that GIS is one of the requirements. Yay GIS!
  • From last month’s review of Providence, Rhode Island’s GIS resources, we head down south with a review of South Carolina’s largest city’s online mapping tools which would be Columbia, narrowly edging out Charleston according to 2010 US Census data. And well to say that the online resources are lacking would be nice – the actual Columbia GIS homepage is simply a text placeholder. You can download static PDF maps here. The County of Richland which contains Columbia offers this WMS with a few countywide layers but that looks to be it, ugh.

Brock Adam McCarty
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