Maps and Weather

Google Maps

Find street maps and satellite maps on Google. Click on "street view" to see street level photos. Public transit maps, traffic conditions and driving directions are available.

Google Earth

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others

All the Worlds Maps offers a compilation of maps from countries and cities around the world. Select a country to begin a search for maps.


Plan a trip by calculating driving directions. Features include optional email delivery, road preferences, total mileage, and approximate driving time. Warning: the home page makes extensive use of graphical advertising. It takes awhile to load even at 28.8 baud.

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

The U.S. Geological Survey offers two GNIS databases: one for the United States and one for Antarctica. It provides geographic information about places. Discover the federally recognized name of a feature or location, its elevation, state and county, longitude and latitude, and more.

Local Climatological Data

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers Local Climatological Data, a monthly summary of temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, wind speed and direction observations for several hundred cities in the U.S. and its territories. Summaries are available from July 1996.


Need an area map? How about driving directions between two cities? Check out MapQuest!


Available via FedStats, MapStats provides state, county, federal judicial district, or congressional district profiles. Federal judicial district profiles provide crime-related statistics. State, county, and U.S. profiles provide demographic, social and business statistics.

Upon selecting a state or county, locate other available statistics by following the link labeled "browse more data sets." You'll find agricultural, health (state level only), labor (state level only), crime, education (state level only), and environmental statistics.

National Geologic Map Database

The U.S. Geological Survey offers a database of bibliographic information about paper and digital geologic maps, a search tool for lithologic and geochronologic unit names (GEOLEX), and a database of Geologic Mapping in Progress. Information includes where to find or order the text of citations appearing in the database. Searchers may query the first database using a number of search criteria.

National Weather Service

Connect here for the official National Weather Service Web site. Discover weather conditions throughout the United States. Review satellite images of weather conditions. Obtain storm warnings, historical weather data, and more.

Natural Disaster Reference Database

The Earth Sciences Directorate and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center maintain this bibliographic database covering literature pertaining to the use of satellite remote sensing for disaster mitigation. Browse by subject, or search by keyword, to obtain bibliographic citations to professional literature.

NWIS Water Data for the Nation

The National Water Information System (NWIS) by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers 100 years of historical and real-time water data. Create your own data tables in order to evaluate current water supplies or water quality. Coverage includes surface water, ground water and water quality.

Old Maps Online

About 60,000 maps available currently, with more than 120,000 maps by end of 2012. The site provides one search, with centralized access to multiple digitized historical map collections

Storm Events Database

The National Climatic Data Center publishes the Storm Events Database. Select a state or "all" states and then enter the parameters of your query. These may include a specific county, storm type, number of injuries or deaths, amount of property damage, or more.

The database contains storm data for all storm types from 1993 to present, except for June and July 1993. It also contains data about tornadoes from 1950 to present, and data about thunderstorms and hail back to 1950.


The Microsoft TerraServer provides interactive maps and aerial photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey. Search for a place (e.g., philadelphia, pa) to retrieve a list of initial maps and photos for your interactive session. You can refine the maps and photos by clicking them. When you do this, the service may retrieve another map or photo. You will know when the image source changes because TerraServer provides this information at the top of the map or photo.

United States Earthquake Data and Information

From the United States Geological Survey, view real time earthquake maps, learn more on preparedness and review earthquake research.

The Weather Channel

Discover current weather conditions and news around the world. The site features interactive radar, satellite and other weather maps, breaking news, encyclopedic information about storms of historical significance, and more.

Weather Underground

The Weather Underground, Inc. provides real-time weather data including conditions, forecasts, and advisories. Techies might enjoy some of the image technology used here.

To find historical weather data for cities the site covers, enter the city name or zip code in the search box. Then move half-way down the page to find the "Historical Conditions" box. Select the relevant date to retrieve the data.

For more in-depth historical data Local Climatological Data above.