Tiny tutorials: Get started using Earth science data in seconds

These "tiny tutorials" are designed to break the ice and get you started. These simple animations walk you through our data visualizations step by step.

From there, each data portal offers many variables and dimensions to explore. So roll up your sleeves, fire up your browser or phone, and start exploring the ocean and atmosphere. 

Explore tiny tutorials on the following data tools:

Aurora forecast

Did you know that outer space has weather too? Not rain or snow but winds and magnetic waves that move through space! NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center has the latest forecasts and outlooks. Learn how to view the forecast for the aurora in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Climate at a Glance: Historical climate data

Climate at a Glance, from the National Centers for Environmental Information, shows temperature and precipitation at local, regional, national, and international scales. Find out how to change your parameters to show monthly, seasonal, or multi-year averages.

CrowdMag: Magnetic field citizen science

CrowdMag is a citizen science project that uses your mobile phone. Created by the National Centers for Environmental Information, the CrowdMag app uses your phone's internal magnetometer to record magnetic fields as you move around outside. Explore the data you collect and see if you can match up magnetic anomalies with objects in your environment.

Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®): Online mapping for environmental responders

The Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) is an online mapping tool from the Office of Response and Restoration, which integrates data, like habitats, weather, and currents, into one location for experts responding to environmental disasters like hurricanes or oil spills.

Fire weather graphical forecast

Did you know that the National Weather Service tracks fire weather around the country? With this interactive graphical forecast, monitor fire weather outlooks and click on individual locations to learn more. 

Historical hurricane tracks

With historical hurricane tracks from NOAA Digital Coast, you can look for trends in where hurricanes occur or pull up the facts on a single storm.


If you want even more data resources from NOAA, check out the rest of our data resources for educators, which highlight ocean and atmospheric data sources that are easy to use and appropriate for classrooms, informal learning environments, and anyone who is interested in learning more.

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