How big of a weather geek are you? Do you watch the forecast on the news and barely remember what the meteorologist said by the end of the next commercial break? If you're reading this blog, I'd be surprised if that describes you. My guess is that you want to know more about why the forecast is what it is, how meteorologists make the forecasts, how we study the weather, and where we get all the information we have on past weather. My guess is that you are a true weather geek, and you'll find the following bit of news interesting.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the federal agency that basically keeps track of all things weather, has created a new super data center of weather, ocean, and geophysical information. The National Centers for Environmental Information is the product of an effort to streamline, organize, and centralize three different data centers: the National Climatic Data Center, the National Geophysical Data Center, and the National Oceanographic Data Center.
Now scientists, researchers, decision-makers, and anyone with a specific interest in useful historical data and research dealing with air, land, and sea have one place to go online for all of their needs. Data can be browsed by categories such as Natural Hazards, Climate Monitoring & Extremes, Geomagnetism, and Space Weather to name a few. On the NCEI website, there is also a link to the NOAA Central Library's site, which has links for accessing databases, e-books, and e-journals covering topics that range from environmental science to oceanography to marine and freshwater biology.
The NCEI is an example of your tax dollars at work, and if you have any interest in the sciences covered, it should interest you to check it out. I know as a certified weather nerd, I will make use of it often.