Data Tools

Southern US Drought Tool

This tool displays information on drought severity and the amount of precipitation needed to get out of drought. Users can view precipitation statistics (e.g., rainfall total, departure from normal, % of normal, and standard precipitation index) by climate division for any state in the SCIPP region. Users can also select an end date and the time period (30, 60, 90, 180, 365 days) for which they would like to view the statistics. Data are provided in table and map formats, and the normals are based on 1981-2010 averages. | Tutorial on YouTube


Average Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Tool

This tool displays information on how a particular year’s temperature or precipitation records compare to normal (i.e., 30-year average for the period 1981-2010). Users can view the information in a graph format by climate division for any state in the United States. A mouse-over function allows the user to view monthly values. | Tutorial on YouTube


Historical Climate Trends Tool

This tool displays precipitation and temperature trends for the period of the instrumental record, 1895-Present. Users can view the long term average (horizontal line), 5-year moving average, and yearly average by climate division and season for any state in the lower 48 states. Data are provided via a graph and a mouse-over function allows the user to view yearly values. | Tutorial on YouTube


Climograph Tool

This tool displays daily temperature and rainfall values for a specified observation site and year. Data are available from 1990-Present. The data are displayed in a graph that compares the observations and the 1981-2010 normals (i.e., 30-year average). | Tutorial on YouTube


SURGEDAT Storm Surge Tools

SURGEDAT archives historical storm surge data. In fact, SURGEDAT is the world’s most comprehensive storm surge database, with more than 560 global peak storm surges since 1880. More than 300 of these events occurred in the United States. The SURGEDAT website hosts three different storm surge tools: The Global Peak Surge Map, Historical Surge/ Hurricane Maps, and Interactive Surge Maps. Each tool is slightly different in the functionality and geographic area of coverage.

Global Peak Surge Map

This tool provides an interactive global peak storm surge map. Circles on this map represent unique storm surge events. Larger, darker circles represent higher magnitude events. When users click on a surge observation, a pop-up box indicates the storm name and year, as well as the location and height of peak storm surge.

Historical Surge/ Hurricane Map

This tool provides maps that plot the location and height of historical storm surge and storm tide observations, as well as the track and intensity of the hurricane that generated the high-water marks. Maps are provided for 20 events, including the top 10 magnitude storm surges that impacted each of the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.

Interactive Surge Maps

This tool enables users to map all storm surge observations for hurricanes and tropical storms that have impacted the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. A map of storm surge observations is plotted when users select the name and year of a storm. This tool also provides an interactive map that lists information related to the location of an observation, the storm surge and/or storm tide height, as well as the datum and type of observation.


Water Reservoir Data Visualization Tool

This tool displays water data for reservoirs located in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Information provided includes a reservoir cross-section plot that highlights current elevation, dead-pool elevation, and conservation pool elevation, a summary of physical reservoir information, a time-series of reservoir levels, elevation-area-capacity curves for each reservoir, and precipitation data. Reservoir data sources include the Texas Water Development Board, USGS, and US Army Corps of Engineers.