Climate Atlas of the United States
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OverviewThis CD-ROM contains version 2.0 of the Climate Atlas of the United States. It replaces a popular paper Atlas last published in 1968, and supersedes version 1.0 of the Climate Atlas of the Contiguous United States published on CD in 2000. The new CD Atlas contains 2023 color maps of climatic elements such as temperature, precipitation, snow, wind, pressure, etc., chosen to portray the climate of the US. The period of record of the data for most of the maps is 1961-1990.
The user may install the Atlas onto a local drive, or run the Atlas from the CD. From the Atlas interface, the user chooses an element type (Temperature, or Precipitation, or Snow, etc.), an element (mean, or maximum, or record extreme, etc.), and a geographic area (Lower 48, Alaska, or Hawaii). The Atlas displays maps of the selected element and area using ESRI's ArcExplorer, which is included on the CD. ArcExplorer provides GIS capabilities, such as zoom, query, identify, and theme layering.
Additionally, the CD contains the data (in "dbf" format) used to produce the Atlas.
NOTE: Most of these maps can also be ordered individually in a high resolution Adobe PDF format, or as ESRI Shape Files. Selected maps are also available in the Selected Maps from the Climate Atlas of the Contiguous US publication.