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National Weather Service Data in Shapefile Format

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.

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

Precipitation

• Forecasts
• Frequency Estimates

Extended

• U.S Temperature and Precipitation Seasonal Outlooks

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

Rain/Snowfall

• Hourly Precipitation Analysis

Hurricanes

• 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

 

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