Skip Navigation Links 
NOAA logo-Select to go to the NOAA homepage
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's   
  Select to go to the NWS homepage
National Weather Service   
Local forecast by
"City, St" is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.

National Weather Service Data in Shapefile Format

The NWS is working to increase the availability and usability of GIS products and services provided to the public. We invite you to take this voluntary survey on NWS GIS Data and Products so we can continue to improve our services and meet your needs.

Shapefiles are an open published de-facto industry and government standard GIS format viewable by many, commercial and Open Source GIS Desktop and sever applications. See a list of free Shapefile viewers below. Questions?

The following links will either provide shapefiles, will link you to a page with these type of files, or displays info in a GIS viewer.
Current Weather Forecasts Past Weather
Watches & Warnings
• Current Weather Warnings
• Weather Hazards Assessments

River And Flooding Data
Observed AHPS River Gauges
Forecast AHPS River Gauges

Other Current Data
Alaska Ice and Sea Surface Temperature

Flood/Flash Flood

• Flash Flood Guidance
• Significant River Flood Outlook
• Gridded Flash Flood


• Forecasts
• Frequency Estimates


• U.S Temperature and Precipitation Seasonal Outlooks

• 1950-2006 Database of Tornado, Large Hail, and Damaging Wind Reports


• Hourly Precipitation Analysis


• Historic Hurricane Tracks
Fire Weather Additional Info
• MODIS Fires
• Western Region Digital Forecasts

• Heat Index
• Global Sea Surface Temperature

Drought Monitoring

• Soil Moisture
• Evaporation
• Precipitation
• Runoff
• Temperature

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,
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.
QGIS Quantum GIS - Supports shapefiles, raster, openSteetMap, and OGC Web services among others.
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.

Other useful Links:

Vdatum - Vertical and horizontal datum converter from NOAA

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


    US Dept of Commerce
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    National Weather Service
    1325 East West Highway
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Page Author: NWS Internet Services Team
Information Quality
Privacy Policy
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
About Us
Career Opportunities
     Page last Modified: 15 February, 2012 12:38 PM