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  1. Here is an interactive map with a bunch of GIS overlays with data from federal servers. The red stars are weather stations that collected rainfall data. This is the ‘top’ layer and therefore is clickable. To see the data collected you can click any of those stations and then follow the link. If this is the first time you are seeing a GISsurfer map, please take a moment to read the “Map tips” - that link is in the upper left corner. Open GISsurfer map:,-91.301880&zoom=7&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Hurricane/Storm_observed_track,Hurricane/Storm_forecast_track,Hurricane/Storm_observed_position,Hurricane/Storm_forecast_position,Hurricane/Storm_error_cone,Hurricane/Storm_surge_flood,Weather_station_A_with_rainfall&txtfile=
  2. Multiple tornado warnings in Ohio. Open this GISsurfer map and click any red outline then follow the link for the official details.,-83.234862&zoom=8&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=USA_weather_radar,ESRI_roads_and_labels,Tornado_warning&txtfile=
  3. Each time you open this interactive map it will show the latest warnings for tornado (red outline) and severe thunderstorm (yellow outline). Click inside any red or yellow outline and then follow the link for the official warning details from the NWS. Click "Map tips" in the upper left corner for the legend and to learn how to turn other data layers on/off. Open #GISsurfer map:,-95.507629&zoom=6&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Weather_watch_warning,USA_weather_radar,ESRI_roads_and_labels,State_boundary_orange,Tornado_and_severe_thunder_warning&txtfile=^name=Tornado_and_severe_thunder_warning^url=^layers=0||overlay^name=State boundary orange^url=^layers=36,37^dynamicLayers=[{'source':{'type':'mapLayer','mapLayerId':36},'drawingInfo':{'renderer':{'type':'simple','symbol':{'type':'esriSFS','outline':{'type':'esriSLS','style':'esriSLSSolid','color':[255,165,0,255],'width':2}}}}}],[{'source':{'type':'mapLayer','mapLayerId':37},'drawingInfo':{'renderer':{'type':'simple','symbol':{'type':'esriSFS','outline':{'type':'esriSLS','style':'esriSLSSolid','color':[255,165,0,255],'width':2}}}}}]
  4. Below is a map link that displays the NWS forecast discussion layer on top of the watches and warnings. To read the discussion, click the map and then follow the link. Open GISsurfer map:,-99.219142&zoom=6&basemap=ESRI_streets&overlay=Weather_watch_warning,Forecast_discussion&txtfile=
  5. I added a couple of GIS layers to the map that focus on the flood impact. The dots are stream gages where there is either major (purple) or moderate (red) flooding. This layer is on top and therefore clickable. The solid green indicates flood warnings. Of course each time you open the map the data may change since the map will display the latest data that is hosted on federal GIS servers. Open GISsurfer map,-96.185063&zoom=6&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=USA_weather_radar,Flood_warning,State_boundary,ESRI_roads_and_labels,Lake_river_stream,Flood_major_or_moderate&txtfile=
  6. This map can display three different GIS overlay layers that give you access to near real time observed wind speed. When the map opens the "RAWS weather station" layer is 'on top' and therefor clickable. Click any light blue square and follow the link for the data. The "rain gage" and "weather station" overlay layers also display observed wind speed. Remember - only the 'top' overlay layer is clickable. Need help with that? Looking for the legend? Please click "Map tips" in the upper left corner. Open GISsurfer map:,-102.534921&zoom=6&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Weather_watch_warning,State_boundary,ESRI_roads_and_labels,RAWS_weather_station&txtfile=
  7. When this map opens it displays three different layers of weather stations that can display near real time wind speed and other weather observations. That data is hosted on government GIS servers. The yellow dot layer is ‘on top' and therefore clickable. Click a yellow dot and follow the link to see the observation data. For the map legend and to get help, please click "Map tips" in the upper left corner. Remember, only the ‘top' layer is clickable. Don't know what that means? Please read the "Map tips". The map has lots of other GIS layers that you can turn on/off/restack. Open GISsurfer map:,-82.231966&zoom=6&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=State_boundary,Rain_gage,RAWS_weather_station,Weather_station&txtfile=
  8. Each time you open this interactive map you will see the current weather watches and warnings. For details from NOAA, zoom in, click the map, then follow the link. The map has lots of other GIS overlays you can turn on/off/restack. For example, one of the layers lets you access NOAA’s forecast discussion. For the legend and to get help, please click “Map tips” in the upper left corner. Open GISsurfer map:,-87.733823&zoom=5&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Weather_watch_warning&txtfile=
  9. You may have heard that Seattle got some snow. This guy's comments nails it. If you read this twitter thread at work your co-workers will be wondering what you are laughing at.
  10. I have lived near Redmond WA (Seattle suburb) for close to 30 years. The snow storm was forecast well in advance and something new happened this time. There was frenzied buying of food. All across the area many stores were out of milk/bread/eggs. Looong checkout lines. It was the same thing you people see on the east coast with a hurricane bearing down. It is almost as though there was an element of mass self-hypnosis going on. We live at 250 ft elevation and this morning there is maybe 10" on our deck. Of course a person's view of snow is seen though the perspective of where they grew up - so says the guy from Minnesota. Below is a GISsurfer map that shows one of the NOAA radar layers. Here is the description of this data layer: I discovered that this radar data does a remarkably good job of showing where it is snowing and how hard. I can 'ground truth' the data by looking out my window. Open the map:,-122.064375&zoom=9&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=USA_weather_radar,ESRI_roads_and_labels,County&txtfile=
  11. Use this interactive map to see temperature and wind chill readings each hour at RAWS stations. Click any blue square and follow the link. Need help? Please click "Map tips" in the upper left corner. The "Rain gage" layer also has temperature data. Open GISsurfer map:,-90.302150&zoom=7&basemap=ESRI_aerial_firefly&overlay=ESRI_roads_and_labels,RAWS_weather_station&txtfile= The last year I lived in Minnesota the temperature swing was 143 degrees (-38 to 105). Way too much for my delicate sensibilities. So I bid all a ‘happy winter’ from the tropics of Puget Sound where the snow stays in the mountains as God intended and the forecast today is sun and mid 50s.
  12. Here is a GISsurfer map with 20+ weather related overlays with data from government GIS servers. You can turn on/off and restack the layers. The 'top' layer is clickable and will display all the attribute data the GIS server has for the thing that you clicked. The attribute data for some layers (RAWS, Forecast discussion, etc) includes a link that leads to more data. Don't know what 'top' means? Need help? Please click "Map tips" in the upper left corner. Open map:,-83.687641&zoom=5&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Weather_watch_warning,USA_weather_radar,State_boundary&txtfile=
  13. The top layer on this map is the NWS forecast discussion for the various zones. Click a zone and follow the link to the details. If you have not seen this type of map before and need a bit of help, please click "Map tips" in the upper left corner. Open the map:,-89.182878&zoom=5&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Weather_watch_warning,Forecast_discussion&txtfile=
  14. Here is the poor man's source for within-the-hour data from the RAWS weather stations. 1. Open the map 2. Click a permanent RAWS station (aqua square) 3. Follow the data link 4. Scroll down Map link:,-82.450365&zoom=6&basemap=USA_basemap&overlay=Weather_watch_warning,RAWS_weather_station&txtfile=
  15. Here is a pig poop map for Hurricane Florence. Each pig symbol represents a manure lagoon. If you zoom in then you will see the detailed USGS topo map plus an overlay layer that shows all the small swales and drainage ways that flow past the lagoons. The stream gage layer is “on top” and therefore clickable. If you click a gage and then follow the link you will see the detailed NOAA data for that gage. None of the rivers have crested yet. The manure lagoons and drainage ways are easy to see on the aerial basemaps if you zoom in. I like the aerial basemap “ESRI aerial firefly”. Open GISsurfer map:,-77.854614&zoom=8&basemap=ESRI_scanned_topo_USA&overlay=NC_pig_manure_lagoon,ESRI_roads_and_labels,Lakes_rivers_streams,Stream_gage&txtfile=
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