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Weather

Arctic and Antarctic Meteorology

Arctic Change: A Near Real-Time Arctic Change Indicator Website from
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Arctic Office
Providing information on the present state of Arctic ecosystems and climate in historical context.
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/detect/index.shtml

Arctic Climatology and Meteorology Glossary *
Hosted by the National Snow and Ice Data, compiled by Nina A. Zaitseva for the Arctic Climatology Project Arctic Meteorology and Climate Atlas.
http://nsidc.org/arcticmet/glossary/

Byrd Polar Research Center *, at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Research at the Center focuses on the role of cold regions in the global climate system.
http://www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu

Cold Regions Bibliography Project*
Hosted by the American Geological Institute (AGI), the Cold Regions Bibliography Project includes the Antarctic Bibliography and the Bibliography on Cold Regions Science and Technology, covering Antarctic research and exploration and Cold Regions engineering and physical science information.
http://usgspubs.georef.org/

Polar pointers* from Ohio State University.  A comprehensive listing of links to polar meteorology,  oceanography, and other earth sciences.
http://bprc.osu.edu/polar_pointers/

ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System)

NOAA ASOS site
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/asos/index.html

AWIPS (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System)

NOAA AWIPS Local Applications home page
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ops2/ops24/awips.htm

Aviation Weather

The Aviation Weather Center , meteorology, and satellite imagery home page. Particularly good as it allows immediate links to many Nexrad radar displays around the United States.
http://aviationweather.noaa.gov/

Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1. METAR-TAF information, weather codes, etc.
http://www.ofcm.gov/fmh-1/fmh1.htm

Beaufort Scale for Wind

National Weather Service Miami Forecast Office Beaufort Wind Scale
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/hazards/info/beaufort.php

Careers in Meteorology

American Meteorological Society career page*.
http://www.ametsoc.org/careercenter/index.html
http://www.ametsoc.org

Clouds

AIRS - Atmospheric Infrared Sounder home page of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
http://www-airs.jpl.nasa.gov/

Cloud and precipitation guide* from the University of Illinois Urbana Campus.  Photographs with associated texts of many  different cloud types.
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/cld/home.rxml

International Satellite Cloud climatology Project (ISCCP) from NASA including links to various cloud data, maps, and plots.
http://isccp.giss.nasa.gov/index.html

Clouds and the Energy Cycle - a NASA developed page.
http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/ceres/brochure/clouds_and_energy.html

Houze's Cloud Atlas* from the
University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
http://www.atmos.washington.edu/gcg/Atlas/

Lidar research group at the University of Wisconsin*.  Mapping cloud height and extent by volume imaging lidar.  Technically oriented site; however, many images of data products from various lidar systems.
http://lidar.ssec.wisc.edu/

Shuttle Views the Earth: Clouds from Space *.
Hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/slidesets/clouds.html

Courses, Education and Training in Meteorology

Course in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science*.  A nice set of lecture notes in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 100 from the University of Wisconsin.  Links to many images illustrating concepts.  Also check out the Outreach Index.  Really nice case studies of various weather events.
http://www.aos.wisc.edu/education/Syllabus/current_course_webpages.htm

University of Illinois On-Line Guide to Meteorology*.  Well-done tutorial with lots of diagrams and photographs.
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/home.rxml

Northern Latitude Meteorology*.  Web site provides education and training materials on meteorological topics of interest to those in the northern latitudes, in particular those in Canada, Alaska, and states in the northern U.S.
http://www.meted.ucar.edu/communities/norlatmet/

Penn State Department of Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences - Weather Page *.  Provides links to University's various weather systems and models.
http://www.met.psu.edu/weather

Fire and Drought Weather

National Interagency Fire Center
http://www.nifc.gov/

NOAA's National Weather Service Fire Weather page.  Latest fire weather warnings, forecasts, and outlooks.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge2/fire/

NOAA's National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecasts.  Data available since June 4, 2002.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/

National Weather Service Boise Fire Weather page
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/?wfo=boi

NOAA's Operational Significant Imagery Fire Events 2009 Index
http://www.osei.noaa.gov/Events/Fires

NOAA News - "NOAA WARNS NEW YEAR WILL BRING SERIOUS THREAT OF WILDFIRES"
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2553.htm

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) - U.S. Drought Portal
http://www.drought.gov/portal/server.pt/community/drought_gov/202

NOAA's Drought Information Center.  A portal for NOAA drought and climate conditions as of February 2009, includes some external links.
http://www.drought.noaa.gov/

NOAA's Drought Calculator.  Drought Termination and Amelioration, calculates the amount of rainfall needed to end droughts around the country.
http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/drought/drought.html

NOAA's Drought Monitoring.  Utilizing the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and Crop Moisture Index (CMI).
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/monitoring_and_data/drought.shtml

Flood

American Red Cross flood disaster and preparedness information.
http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.86f46a12f382290517a8f210b80f78a0/?vgnextoid=fdb4510f935ea110VgnVCM10000030f3870aRCRD

Flood plain management website*  from the Flood Plain Management Association. Click on "Flood Basics" to access The Learning Center.
http://www.floodplain.org/

Flood information page from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/index.shtm

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research flood site* including on-line documents, statistics, links, and other information. http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/socasp/floods.html

Forecasting

National Weather Service's National Warnings. This page provides access to all active warnings for the United States, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter storms, floods, flash floods, tsunamis, and space weather.
http://www.weather.gov/view/nationalwarnings.php

National Weather Service Offices
Provides links to all NWS regional offices, local forecast offices, river forecast centers, national offices, and regional climate centers.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/organization.php#hq

UNISYS Weather Processor*.  Current United States weather, forecasts for various meteorological parameters, archived meteorological data.
http://weather.unisys.com/

National Centers for Environmental Prediction:
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (Flooding Events)
Ocean Prediction Center (Oceans and Great Lakes)
Storm Prediction Center (Violent Weather)
National Hurricane Center (Tropical Cyclones)

Forecasting Hurricanes*.  Run by Dr. William M. Gray, this site from the Tropical Meteorological Project, Colorado State University archives forecasts from 1999 to the present.
http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu/Forecasts/

World weather five-day weather forecasts* for cities on six continents, all continents and Pacific islands. Weather site maintained by USA Today.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/basemaps/wworld1.htm

Hazard Statistics

Flood Impacts.  Statistics including fatalities and property damage compiled from the NWS Hydrologic Information Center.
http://www.weather.gov/hic/flood_stats/index.shtml

Hurricane Damages in the United States: 1925-1995
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Landsea/USdmg/

U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics.  Provides statistical information on fatalities, injuries and damages caused by weather-related hazards. Compiled by the Office of Services and the National Climatic Data Center.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml

Heat

Heating and Cooling Degree Days.  This is the definitive site developed by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and includes forecasts, historical data, and explanations of the degree day concept for heating, cooling, and growing degree days. It also addresses gas-weighted, oil-weighted, and electricity-weighted degree days. Includes many tables used by the energy industry. This site supplants a hard copy publication put out by NCEP.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/cdus/degree_days/

Urban forest effect* on heat islands from NASA.
http://wwwghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/land/heatisl/heatisl.htm

Urban Heat Island* from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwise/heatisl.html

Climate of 2006: June in Historical Perspective
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2006/jun/jun06.html

Hurricanes and Typhoons

National Hurricane Center.  A great site. Includes up-to-date information on current tropical cyclones, archives of past hurricanes, hurricane names through 2009, hurricane tracks since 1851, comprehensive FAQS, and more.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories Hurricane Research Division.
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/

FAQ: Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Cyclones.  This is an outstanding FAQ site put out by NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories.
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/tcfaqHED.html

Climate Prediction Center: Atlantic Hurricane Outlook.
http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/hurricane.shtml

Hurricanes.  Landfall maps, descriptions of individual storms, etc. from the National Climatic Data Center hurricane information.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/severeweather/hurricanes.html

Canadian Hurricane Centre*.  This site provides warnings and advisories for storms that pose threats to Canada's East Coast as well as threats to the U.S.
http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/weather/hurricane/

Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project*
http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu/

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hurricane Page.  Primarily safety measures for actions before, during, and after tropical storms and hurricanes.
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm

Historical Hurricane Tracks from NOAA's Coastal Services Center.
Interactive mapping application that allows search and display of Atlantic Basin and East-Central Pacific Basin tropical cyclone data.
http://hurricane.csc.noaa.gov/hurricanes/index.htm

Hurricane bibliography  and hurricane brochures (and other natural phenomena) from the Library of the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories.  The bibliography is organized for teachers and has age-range appropriate information while the brochures are a great source of meteorological information and practical advice.
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/general/lib/lbi.html (bibliography)
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/general/lib/hurricbro.html (brochures)

Hurricane Hunters' Home Page*. United States Air Force Hurricane Hunters provide a virtual flight into the eye of a hurricane.
http://www.hurricanehunters.com

Hurricane Katrina information
http://www.lib.noaa.gov/wind/katrina.html

NOAA Storm Watch page - Hurricane Rita
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/special-reports/rita.html

Hurricane tracking charts from NOAA's National Hurricane Center
Standard NOAA tracking charts for Eastern Pacific, Full Atlantic, and Western Atlantic.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ (scroll to bottom of page)

Monthly Weather Review Annual Reviews of Atlantic Hurricanes from 1851-present* from NOAA's Regional Miami Libraries website
http://ams.allenpress.com/perlserv/?request=get-archive&issn=1520-0493

UNISYS Weather/Hurricane Data  index page*.  Includes hurricane archives back to 1886 and includes tracks of each individual storm.  Includes tracks for eastern Pacific and western Pacific hurricanes and typhoons, Atlantic aviation forecasts showing pressure and wind fields,  and current satellite imagery for the Atlantic and Pacific.
http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/

USA Today Guide to Hurricane Information*.  An informative site with glossary, links, etc.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/hurricane/hurricane-resources.htm

Hydrology

GEWEX*.  The international office of the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment - a World Climate Research Program to observe and model the hydrologic cycle and energy fluxes in the atmosphere.
http://www.gewex.org

The Hydrologic Cycle*.  Part of the University of Illinois online guide meteorology series.
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/hyd/home.rxml

National Hydrology Dataset from the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS)and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 
A comprehensive set of digital spatial data that contains information about surface water features such as lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, springs and wells in the United States.
http://nhd.usgs.gov/

NOAA's National Weather Service Office of Hydrologic Development
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/oh/

U.S.G.S. - Water Resources of the United States.  Water Resources' mission is to provide water information for major watersheds around the world, including publications, data, maps, and applications software.
http://water.usgs.gov/

Ice and Snow

Global Lake and River Ice Phenology * from the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Databse contains freeze and breakup dates and other ice cover date for 750 lakes and rivers.
http://nsidc.org/data/lake_river_ice/

All About Snow* page put out by National Snow and Ice Data Center
http://nsidc.org/snow/index.html

Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute*, Russian institution
"http://www.aari.nw.ru/index_en.html"

Blizzards of '96 * from the National Snow and Ice Data Center
http://nsidc.org/snow/blizzard/

Coast Guard International Ice Patrol. This site includes a FAQ page, a history page, TITANIC information, pictures, mission statement, etc., etc. Really a fun page.
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=IIPHome

Lake Effects Snow - The Veterans' Day Snowstorm of November 9-14, 1996*.  A case study of a severe lake effect storm from the University of Illinois.  Personal accounts, news clippings, technical interpretations.
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/arch/cases/961109/home.rxml

National Ice Center
http://www.natice.noaa.gov/

National Snow and Ice Data Center* - World Data Center A for Glaciology
http://nsidc.org/

International Government Weather Service Sites

Links to national weather service sites * around the globe.
http://www.wmo.int/pages/members/members_en.html

Journals

Links to Meteorology Journals and Magazines * from Professor Ronald B. Smith, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
http://www.geology.yale.edu/~smith/metjour.html

Lightning

Colorado Lightning Resource Center from the National Weather Service, Pueblo, Colorado.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pub/?n=ltg.php

Lightning Detection* from the Vaisala Group's Thunderstorm Business Unit, specializing in lightning mapping and warning systems and services.
http://www.vaisala.com/weather/products/lightningdetection.html

Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research * - lightning, hail, and rain research.  Home of lightning attracting rockets.
http://www.ee.nmt.edu/~langmuir/
http://bat.nmt.edu/

Lightning: Background and more * from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
http://www.ucar.edu/communications/infopack/lightning/

Lightning Links from the National Weather Service Nashville office.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/ssd/html/lightnin.htm

Lightning Activity Level
Experimental product developed by Newport, NC, WSFO.
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/mhx/gfe/griddedfire.html

NASA lightning detection from space
A site with numerous facets including discussions of early space-based lightning observations, sensors, plans for new sensors, etc.
http://thunder.msfc.nasa.gov/

National Weather Service Lightning Safety
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/more.htm

National Lightning Safety Institute*
A non-profit organization involved with consulting engineering, education and research activities related to the hazards posed by lightning (303-666-8817).
http://lightningsafety.com/

Links

The Best of the Rest - Links provided by the National Climatic Data Center. This is a great site and includes links to Radar/Satellite Images, Climatic Outlooks, Climatic Data, Weather Data and Maps, Agricultural Weather, Solar Data, Organizations, and Miscellaneous Weather Sites.
http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/climateresourcesother.html

Local Washington Area Weather

Atlantic Coast Observer Network * is a volunteer network of observers from Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.. Member data is reported and archived on this site hosted by the JHU Applied Physics Lab.
http://www.jhuapl.edu/weather/education/index.html

Capital Weather Gang* is a blog provided by The Washington Post Online, dedicated to providing comprehensive weather information for the Washington, D.C. area.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang

Hagerstown Weather* from Greg Keefer, Hagerstown Weather Observer.
http://i4weather.net/index.html

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab * Weather Home Page
http://www.jhuapl.edu/weather/apl/index.html

National Weather Service Forecast Office Washington/Baltimore*. This office is located in Sterling, Virginia near Dulles International Airport.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/lwx/

PRESTO : Precipitation Summary and Temperature Observations for the Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, MD Area, from the NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/presto/index2011.shtml

WeatherNet4 * from NBC Channel 4 Weather District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. Current and historical weather conditions for many schools in and around the D.C. metro area.
http://www.nbcwashington.com/weather/

Marine Weather

Canadian Marine Weather * from Environment Canada supplies marine weather forecasts and current weather.
http://weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/marine/index_e.html

Links to marine weather forecasts* through Ohio State University.
http://twister.sbs.ohio-state.edu/main.php?pageloc=wxbystate

Ocean Prediction Center of NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/

National Data Buoy Center
Real-time weather and sea conditions from various strategically placed oceanographic buoys in U.S. coastal and offshore waters.
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

National Weather Service, Marine and Coastal Weather Services
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/home.htm

Oceanweather Inc*.  Description of products and services and hourly up-dated free products.
http://www.oceanweather.com/data/

USA Today ocean weather, wind, waves, etc*.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wmarine0.htm

Monsoon

Arizona Monsoon and Desert Meteorology* from Arizona State University.
http://geoplan.asu.edu/aztc/monsoon.html

GEWEX/GAME - Homepage of Global Energy and Water-Cycle Experiment/GEWEX Asian Monsoon  Experiment *  from Nagoya University, Japan.
http://www.hyarc.nagoya-u.ac.jp/game/

Monsoon On Line* from the
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
http://www.tropmet.res.in/~kolli/MOL/
http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/cag/MOL/index.html (Mirror site)

SouthWest Area Monsoon Project* - SWAMP.  A study of the monsoon in the southwestern United States.
http://geography.asu.edu/monsoon_swamp/

NEXRAD

NOAA NEXRAD page.
http://www.roc.noaa.gov

Organizations

American Meteorological Society (AMS)*
http://www.ametsoc.org/

National Weather Association*
http://www.nwas.org/

UCAR - the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research*.  A consortium of over 60 universities involved in the atmospheric sciences plus other academic and corporate members.
http://www.ucar.edu/ucar/

World Meteorological Organization*
http://www.wmo.ch/

Radio Weather Forecasts and Warnings

NOAA Weather Radio - frequencies, station locations, description of system.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

Safety

Emergency beacons from NOAA's Search and Rescue Satellite-aided Tracking program (SARSAT)
http://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/

Rip Currents: Break the Grip of the Rip from NOAA's National Weather Service. Contains rip current overview, safety tips, forecasts, photos, headlines/saving lives, survivor stories, links, statistics, and glossary. Also available are our full color brochure on rip current safety and free artwork for a safety sign.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

Safety Publications from the NOAA Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services for tornadoes, flash floods, floods, hurricanes, thunderstorm/lightning, and winter snowstorms.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures.shtml

Safety tips for flood victims from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/fema/flood.html

Satellite Information

GOES mission overview. Information about GOES satellites and satellite imagery.
http://www.oso.noaa.gov/goes/index.htm

NESDIS Office of Satellite Operations Home Page. Links to polar orbiting and GOES sites.
http://www.oso.noaa.gov/

Severe Weather

A Comprehensive Glossary of Weather Terms for Storm Spotters
from NOAA's National Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL).
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=spotterglossary

Australian Severe Weather* site - includes information on tornadoes, tropical cyclones, etc.
http://australiasevereweather.com/

Australian Sky and Weather*
http://www.stormchasers.au.com

NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, one of NOAA's research laboratories, investigates all aspects of severe weather.
http://www.nssl.noaa.gov
http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/papers/ (publications)

Weather Safety and Survival guide from the Norman, Oklahoma National Weather Service Forecast Office.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/wxsafety/

Severe Storm Advanced Spotter's Guide* with many photographs and diagrams from the University of Illinois.
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/svr/home.rxml

Storm Prediction Center, part of NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). Its mission is to provide timely and accurate forecasts and watches for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes over the contiguous United States.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

An Introduction to Storm Observation and Reporting, an illustrated guide to identifying severe storms.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=stormspotting

Storm Track Online*
http://www.stormtrack.org/

TORRO - UK Tornado and Storm Research Organization*.  Interesting site that highlights UK and other European tornado information.
http://www.torro.org.uk/

Tornadoes

National Severe Storms Laboratory tornadoes information page.
http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/primer/tornado/tor_basics.html

SeverePlotv2: Historical Severe Weather Report Analysis Program
A graphical database of severe thunderstorm and tornado occurences in the U.S. atafiles are available from 1950 - 2002, with annual updates expected around July of each year (last update from 2006). The program allows customized plots of severe weather reports from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/software/svrplot2/

Storm Events Database
from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. Search for tornado events by state and county from 1950-present.
http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwEvent~Storms

Storm Prediction Center
This is an excellent site that discusses storm forecasting and Severe Local Storm Statistics, including a listing of tornadoes from 1950-1994 as well as updates through the current year.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/ - Tornado Statistics

Tornado photos from the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the National Weather Service
http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/nssl/index.html  (NSSL collection)
http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/nws/index.html (NOAA Weather Service collection)

U.S. Tornado Climatology
Tornado statistics from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/severeweather/tornadoes.html/

Warnings for areas in the United States

National warnings. This page provides access to all active warnings for the United States. Current warning areas for the United States for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter storms, floods, flash floods, etc.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nationalwarnings.html

NOAA Radio Warnings
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

Weather Map

An explanation of the surface weather map with description and meaning of various symbols.
Produced by the University of Wisconsin.
http://www.meteor.wisc.edu/~hopkins/aos100/sfc-anl.htm

Reading Weather Maps from the University of Illinois
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/maps/home.rxml

NOAA Daily Weather Maps from the former Weather Bureau publication "Daily Weather Map", includes Surface Weather Maps, the 500-Millibar Height Contours chart, the Highest and Lowest Temperatures chart, and the Precipitation Areas and Amounts chart [2002 - present] .
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/dailywxmap/
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/dailywxmap/explaination.html

USA Today National Weather Maps
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/fronts/latest-fronts-systems.htm

The Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (WWCB) is jointly prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, and the USDA. The WWCB provides a vital source of information on weather, climate and agricultural developments worldwide, along with detailed charts and tables of agrometeorological information that are appropriate for the season.
http://www.usda.gov/oce/weather/pubs/Weekly/Wwcb/

Wind

Beaufort Wind Scale from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/beaufort.html

Hurricane Preparedness: High Winds from the National Hurricane Center
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/high_winds.shtml

Climatic Wind Data for the United States
Summary for the period 1930-1998, including peak wind gust velocities
from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/mpp/wind1996.pdf

Wind Research from the National Renewable Energies Laboratory
http://www.nrel.gov/wind/

Wind Chill Temperature Index, Wind Chill Chart, and FAQs from the National Weather Service
http://www.weather.gov/os/windchill/index.shtml

Wind Chill * page for Educators from the
Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting Learning.org
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/weather/act_windchill/

Winds: Measuring Ocean Winds from Space from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This is a comprehensive site on winds including information on the use of scatterometry,
images and anamation, education, FAQs, data, publications, and mission descriptions.
http://winds.jpl.nasa.gov/

Wind energy resources from the Department of Energy
http://www.energy.gov/energysources/wind.htm

Winter Weather

Winter Outlook from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/winter_outlook

All About Snow * from the National Snow and Ice Data Center
http://nsidc.org/snow/

The Blizzards of 1996* from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
http://nsidc.org/snow/blizzard/

Ice Storm -  An occupational health and safety site from SAREC, a Canadian environmental and health consulting firm.  Includes information on hypothermia and carbon monoxide dangers * among other topics.
http://www.sarec.ca/ice/

Snow - California Snow Surveys from the California Resources Agency, Department of Water Resources.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/

Snow - Lake Effect Weather Page from the Buffalo National Weather Service Office - this has lots of good information as well as current ratings of snow events by the "Lake Flake Scale."
http://tgsv5.nws.noaa.gov/er/buf/lakeffect/indexlk.html

Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, or NESIS
Jointly developed by Paul Kocin of The Weather Channel and Louis Uccellini of the National Weather Service (Kocin and Uccellini, 2004), NESIS ranks the severity of an East Coast snowstorm based on snowfall amount and the population of the affected areas. NESIS allows scientists to quickly assess a snowstorm’s potential impact, compare it with a storm of the past and assign it one of five categories: Notable, Significant, Major, Crippling or Extreme.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/snow-nesis/

Snow Data
Extensive snow information - monitoring, climatology, data - from National Climatic Data Center
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/monitoring.html#snow

Snow - Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta by John Muir*.  A description by John Muir of being caught in a snowstorm on one of the highest mountains in California.  Originally transcribed and prepared by John Ono of the College of the Siskiyous in California.
http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/snow_storm_on_mount_shasta.aspx

FEMA Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/index.shtm

Winter Storms (General) - The Greatest Storms of the Century , winter weather in DC, Virginia, and Maryland from the Sterling, Virginia, National Weather Service Forecast Office includes descriptions of many winter storms including blizzards, ice storms, and the the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/lwx/Historic_Events/StormsOfCentury.html
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/Historic_Events/DC-Winters.htm  (D.C. winters)
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/Historic_Events/va-winters.htm  (Virginia winters)
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/Historic_Events/md-winter.html  (Maryland winters)

Winter Storms (General) - Pacifica, California, Police Department provides good advice* on what to do and what to have ready in the event of a California coastal storm.
http://www.cityofpacifica.org/depts/police/natural_disasters/flooding_winter_storms.asp

U.S. Climate Normals: Freeze/Frost Data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/climatenormals/climatenormals.pl?directive=prod_select2&prodtype=CLIM2001&subrnum=

Winter Storms (General) - The Weather Channel Winter Storms page* - much useful information.
http://www.weather.com/encyclopedia/winter/

Winter Storms (General) - Winter Weather Winter Weather Information* from the Illinois State Water Survey
http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/wx/


Wetlands

Association of State Wetland Managers.*
http://www.aswm.org/

Center for Watershed Protection* -  major concern is protecting and restoring urban watersheds, particularly in reference to storm water runoff problems.
http://www.cwp.org/

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) from EPA. 
http://www.epa.gov/emap/index.html

Estuarine Research Federation*.
http://www.erf.org/

Florida wetlands and ecology links.*
http://www.floridaplants.com/ecorest.htm

National Estuary Program from the Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owow/estuaries/

National Wetlands Inventory of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
http://www.fws.gov/nwi/

Wetlands from NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation provides information on coastal wetlands.
http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/ourwork/wetlands.html

Society of Wetland Scientists.*
http://www.sws.org/

Wetlands education* system from Purdue University and the EPA.  A nice educational site.
http://pasture.ecn.purdue.edu/agen521/epadir/wetlands/menu.html

    "The people of the United States are no longer strangers to that dreaded aerial monster, the TORNADO.  A single experience of this awful convulsion of the elements suffices to fasten the memory of its occurrence upon the mind with such a dreadful force that no effort can efface the remembrance of it.  The destructive violence of this storm exceeds in its power, fierceness, and grandeur all other phenomena of the atmosphere."  John P. Finley, 1887, in the introduction to his classic work, TORNADOES.

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