Does it seem a lot warmer to you this year than it was at the same time last year? What was the record annual rainfall in your city? Just how dry are conditions across the United States this year? Will my picnic get rained out tomorrow? How much water does my lawn really need under present weather conditions? The answers to these climate and water questions and many others are only a click away. Following are some websites that can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about current and historic water and climate conditions.
The National Weather Service provides current weather data including forecasts, weather summaries, climate and hydrological data, warnings and advisories, and fire weather.
The California Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center posts a wide array of data including current river conditions, snowpack status, river stages and flows, reservoir conditions, satellite images, precipitation and snow, river and tide forecasts, water supply, weather forecast, and statewide water conditions.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Drought Information Center provides information about drought and climate conditions as well as links to other sites, including state and regional climate centers. Their Drought Calculator shows the amount of rainfall needed to end droughts around the country. The U.S. and Global Climate Perspective section provides up-to-date information. Two interesting sections for weather buffs are the Billion Dollar Weather Disasters and Extreme Climate and Weather Events pages.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a water primer for kids, discussing the water cycle, a wacky water activity book, and ways to avoid water pollution.