FL Climate Data Visualization
The AASC annual meeting will be held in Florida this month, so it’s only fitting to feature a climate tool developed by the Florida Climate Center during the month of July. The tool presented here uses data provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and constructs climate graphs dependent on user-specified options. The tool is geared toward a variety of users including the general public, media, students, as well as scientists, engineers, and those in the construction business.
The climate data visualization tool plots data from approximately 100 long-term weather stations in Florida. The most common parameters requested from the FL Climate Center are available to plot; these include the average maximum temperature, average minimum temperature, total precipitation, number of days with precipitation above certain thresholds (0.10”, 1.00”, 2.00”), and the number of days with temperatures above (95°F, 100°F) or below (32°F) a certain threshold for each year in the record. The data can be displayed by month, season, or on an annual basis. In addition, users can scroll their mouse over the bars in the graph for the exact value of the parameter.
The FL Climate Center has received positive feedback regarding the use of this tool. For example, a middle school student used the tool for gathering temperature information for Hillsborough County for a school project and a safety manager with a construction company reported that the tool helped with the exact information needed. A more trivial, but still useful benefit of the tool is the assistance this tool can provide to the AASC community in determining weather-appropriate attire to pack for their upcoming trip to FL!
Each month, an AASC-developed climate tool will be featured from our “Climate Tools Database”, expanding on the short description already listed in the table.
Assistant State Climatologist OWSC