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National Weather Service GIS - AWIPS Shapefile Database

This page contains links to some of the shapefiles that the NWS uses as base maps in the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). Many of these shapefiles are used by NWS partners and customers in their own operations. 

If you are looking for weather data that are compatable with GIS software go to this link for access.

NWSM Libraries Hydrologic Libraries Misc. Data

County Warning Area Boundaries
(Source: NWSM 10-507)

Public Zone Boundaries
(Source: NWSM 10-507)

Coastal and Offshore Marine Zones
(Source: NWSM 10-302)

Fire Weather Zone Boundaries
(Source: WFOs and Regional HQ)

River Forecast Center Boundries
(Source: NOHRSC)

River Basins
(Source: NOHRSC)

Rivers and Streams (Source: NOHRSC)

HSA Boundaries
(Source: CWA and river basin boundaries)

Public Forecast Zone-County Correlation File (Source: County and Public Zones shapefiles)

Basemap data from NOHRSC

Codes for EAS/NWR
States, Provinces & Counties GIS Resources Utilities, Tools, Msc.

U.S. States and Territories
(Source: Census TIGER 2000)

U.S. Counties
(Source: Census TIGER 2000)

NWS Regions (Source: U.S. States)

Canadian Provinces
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, Nunavut Planning Commission)

Central Region GIS - Accessible only within NWS. Contains useful GIS resource info.

NOAA GIS - a community GIS page for all of NOAA

NWS GIS Mailing List
(For NOAA/NWS Users Only)

These free programs allow the user to view and in some cases, edit shapefiles*

Gaia Gaia - A viewer from The Carbon Project supporting shapefiles and OGC web services,
QGIS Quantum GIS - Supports shapefiles, raster, openSteetMap, and OGC Web services among others.
Udig uDig - User friendly Desktop Internet GIS. An open source free viewer for shapefiles and web services.
openJump OpenJump - Java based open source Shapefile reader/writer.
Esri Esri ArcGIS Explorer Desktop - Supports shapefiles, KML/KMZ, GeoTiff, and OGC Web services among others.

*NOTE: The Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Weather Service do not endorse any particular product, company, information provider, or content on referenced sites.

The software in the list were chosen as they have been used by NWS employees at various times. If there is additional software of this type that you wish to see listed please contact us.

Other useful Links:

Vdatum - Vertical and horizontal datum converter from NOAA

degrib - Converts GRIB 2 data to point or polygon shapefiles from NOAA


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