Apollo News Snippets – November 2015 - Apollo Mapping
Posted on November 3rd, 2015

Apollo News Snippets – November 2015

The NOAA land and ocean temperature percentiles departure map for September 2015. You can see warmer than average to record warmth across much of the globe, with large pockets of cooler than average over Alaska, southern South America and central Asia.

  • The global warming trend continues as confirmed by the September 2015 NOAA global climate report. Here are a few highlights from the latest report. This is the fifth month in a row that set an all-time high temperature record for that month. September 2015 was also the warmest month on record out of the 1,629 months we have data on. The months from January to September 2015 represent the hottest 9-month stretch in the 136 year record as well.
  • In honor of North Dakota joining the United States on November 2, 1889, for my Google search of the month I used this string, “North Dakota and GIS.” If you comb through the results, you might come across this poster which highlights oil spills in the state – events that are rarely covered unless they are of a significant size. The poster of maps and associated metadata was put together by Elena Nikolova of Tufts University.
  • From Ohio we travel to the other side of the Midwest with a review of the online GIS resources of Oklahoma’s largest city, Oklahoma City. And while their main page on the OKC government website is less than spectacular, their data portal is likely the best online GIS resource we have seen for a city yet. It has everything any user could ever need, including downloadable datasets; an online map viewer; searches for parcel level information by address, street and plat code; and even a web API access for developers. Huge props to the Oklahoma GIS folks – this is one awesome site!

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
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