This year and most recently with the major weather events in the Southwest, the hurricanes in the Caribbean, and other weather related happening we need to have some good resources of weather related information. The following sites are good references of past and present weather happenings.
National Climatic Data Center(NCDC) is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North Carolina, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology which is located in Boulder, Colorado.
NESDIS operates NOAA’s National Data Centers for Climate, Geophysics, Oceans, and Coasts. Through these Data Centers and other centers of data, NESDIS provides and ensures timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources, provides information services, and develops science products.
Another site to watch is NOAA’s weather watch. This site has current weather data for all over the world with listings major storms, events, disasters, and forecasts, warnings, and watches. This information is current and very complete. Right now they have a lot of data on DEAN, plus flooding in different areas of the states.
My favorite for local weather showing satellite and regional and local radar is weather underground. I have found that the updates are accurate and very current usually within 1 to 3 minutes.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a listing for the National Weather Service(NWS). Most all of you have heard the radio and TV briefings and weather reports from the NWS. Ok so here is there web site.
Continuing with the weather and climate theme….
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. EPA calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health.
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