Spatial Climate Analysis provides an easy way to view HPRCC's products on a web map.
Users can view any variables available in the popular ACIS Maps suite as a colored contour map, a contour map with overlaid station points, or simply as
a map of colored dots.
In the Colored Station Points mode, clicking on any station will open the station in the Station Data Explorer.
Enabling the Grid Point Inspector allows the user to analyze climate information for any location in the contiguous U.S. Simply click a location of interest, and
the Grid Point Inspector will be opened. The Grid Point Inspector provides linkable analyses in the same manner as the Station Data Explorer.
Information About Spatial Climate Analysis...
How stations are omitted from the maps
- Surface observations are derived from data available through the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS), a joint-RCC long-term climate data service.
- The SPI and SPEI indices were developed in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center. Additional information about these products is available
on the ACIS Climate Maps web page.
Regular users will notice that stations sometimes disappear on different timescales, or on different days. There are a few reasons for missing stations in our ACIS products:
- HPRCC automatically filters out stations that have too many missing points in comparison to the number of days being analyzed. This is the most common reason for a "disappearing" station.
- On occasion climatologists will identify stations with consistent biases, or have difficulty contacting a responsible agency to fix a problematic value. These stations are dropped from
our map products until the issues are resolved. There are very few of these stations.
- Lastly, stations must make it to ACIS and have data that is not missing. This is normally a consequence of the station maintainer, datafeed, or NCEI. HPRCC is happy
to answer questions as to why a station isn't appearing on the maps, and if possible, facilitate .
The criteria for how our software determines how many missing points is too many is outlined below:
- Time <= 90 days: n/6
- Time <= 1 year: ((n/91) * 5) + 10
- Time <= 3 years: ((n/365) * 5) + 25
- Times > 3 years: 40