Weather & atmosphere data resources

Historical Hurricane Tracks

This website allows the user to map historical hurricane tracks. Hurricanes are searchable based on the storm name or year. The user can also set the location to define a search area and pull up all tracks through that area. Hurricane tracks are color coded based on their categories. There are no lessons accompanying the site, but it is user-friendly. It is possible to print and download data from the site.

Grade Level: MS, HS

NOAA View Data Imagery Portal

The NOAA View Data Imagery Portal provides access to maps of NOAA data from a variety of satellite, model, and other analysis sources. The user can investigate various datasets related to the ocean, atmosphere, land, cryosphere, and climate. The datasets cover multiple years and can be viewed as animations over weeks, months, or years. It is also possible to mouse over the maps and inspect individual data values at any point. The user can also download images from the site and create files usable on Google Earth. There are no associated lessons; however, the site is very user-friendly.

Grade Level: MS, HS

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)offsite link

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network is a non-profit, community-based network of volunteers working together to measure and map precipitation. CoCoRaHS is in all 50 states. Educators and their students can sign up to participate as data collectors and the website is accessible to the public. On the interactive map, users can see daily precipitation values for each locale that has a CoCoRaHS observer.

Grade Level: ES, MS, HS

US Drought Monitoroffsite link

Each Thursday, the US Drought Monitor produces a drought monitor map that indicates the intensity of drought across the US from abnormally dry to exceptional drought. Drought impact types from short-term to long-term are also delineated on the map. It is possible to zoom in to see the regional, state, and county level and to obtain historical comparisons.

Grade Level: MS, HS

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Lab creates a variety of timely satellite images, videos, and visualizations. The home page has an image of the day that relates to a current meteorological event. The site contains images and videos pertaining to current and historical severe weather events, disasters, hurricanes, climate, oceans, atmosphere, and remote sensing.

Grade Level: ES, MS, HS

GLOBE Data Visualization

The GLOBE Data Visualization Tool gives students and teachers access to all of the data collected and entered online by GLOBE schools. Eventually data from all 56 protocols will be accessible. This website also provides access to long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). These data are provided as a Google Earth KML file, which displays reporting stations of long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Data can be downloaded to use in a spreadsheet program. While lessons for data collection and other activities are a part of the GLOBE website, specific lessons for manipulation of this data are not provided at this link.

Grade Level: ES, MS, HS