Posted on September 4th, 2018

Apollo News Snippets – September 2018

The July 2018 NOAA temperature percentile departure map shows large pockets of record warmth over northern Europe, the Middle East and western Africa. There were large pockets of cool weather off Greenland and over north-central Asia.
  • The July NOAA global climate report is out and well our planet continues to heat up! July 2018 was the fourth warmest July on record and it was the fifth hottest month on record over the land masses of Earth since 1880. We are betting next month will continue to set heat records, stay tuned but it’s a safe bet we are right!
    • In honor of National Native American Indian day on September 28th, my Google search of the month was, “GIS and Native American.” If you go through the copious amount of results, you might find this article by Leanne Knott of the University of Minnesota about using GIS to predict locations of Indian archeological sites. The approach brings together a variety of spatial layer, which is very cool, but it does not show if the predicted sites lined up with what they found in reality.


  • Last month we reviewed Lewiston, Maine’s online GIS resources and this month we move further down the East Coast with a review of Maryland’s second largest city’s GIS, Frederick. The GIS homepage is little more than a page of a few relevant links: one to access printable PDF maps, and the other is a link to a collection of limited web maps. Unfortunately we see no way to download the actual GIS files the city maintains.

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
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