Web Links

Geology and Geophysics – Weather and Oceans - Miscellaneous

Geology and Geophysics

United States Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov This site a goldmine for exploring geology on the web. There is a plethora of information and links on earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and natural resources.

United States Geological Survey earthquake page: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ Utah Geological Survey: http://geology.utah.gov.Lots of information on geologic resources, earthquakes, landslides and more.

University of Utah Seismic Station: http://www.seis.utah.edu/ This is the best site for information on recent earthquakes in Utah

Southern California Earthquake Center: http://www.scec.org This is a great site for information on earthquakes in California - a place that has plenty of earthquakes. You can find information on past large earthquakes in southern California (e.g., Northridge, Landers, etc.) at this site. Some of the links from this site will take you to USGS pages.

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/yvo/index.html This site has interesting information on volcanic activity in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Cascade Volcano Observatory: http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/ An amazing array of information on volcanic activity in Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest is available here. Follow this link to learn about Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and the other volcanoes of Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

Geological Society of America: http://www.geosociety.org/ The Geological Society of America is the oldest professional organization for geologists in the country, and the largest for academic geologists. Their site has resources for teachers and students of all levels of geology.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists: http://www.aapg.org The American Association of Petroleum Geologists is the world's largest professional organization for geologists. Their site has resources for geologists and K-12 earth science educators.

American Geophysical Union: http://www.agu.org The American Geophysical Union is a large, international organization for physicists, geophysicists and geologists. The 'Science for Everyone' page on their site contains lots of interesting articles and links.

U.S. Dept. of Energy's Energy Information Administration http://www.eia.doe.gov/ The Energy Information Administration publishes vast amounts of information on the price and use of petroleum products on this site.

Need a map?  Visit the CIA World Factbook page: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html  The CIA’s annually – produced World Factbook is an encyclopedic, country-by-country description of the political, economic and geographic aspects of the world.  The Reference Maps that accompany the factbook comprise an excellent on-line atlas of the world. 

Oceanography, Climate and Weather

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov/ A plethora of information on weather, climate, hurricanes, oceanographic research, and seafloor maps can be found here.

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) homepage: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/ This is the homepage for the National Weather Service’s national weather analysis and forecasting.  Current and forecast weather maps can be found on this page.

National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction Model Analyses and Forecasts page: http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/  This is the central page from which to access current NWS numerical models.  Maps of current conditions aloft and at the surface, and forecasted surface and aloft conditions calculated from several models can be found here.  Maps of the jetstream are available here (link to any model, then initial 300 mb conditions).

Local weather from the NOAA & NWS: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/ This is the best place to get current weather conditions and forecasts. It is one of the regional sites run by the the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Local TV stations, the Weather Channel and most other sources of forecasts get their information from NOAA. From this site, you can link to weather information for anywhere in the country.

Mesonet West: Current local weather conditions from a clickable map: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/current/meso.slv.php Easily accessible current conditions in the local area are available at this site.

Local NOAA snow page: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/snow/ Want to know about current and future weather conditions in the Wasatch Mountains? If so, follow this link! The NOAA Salt Lake snow page contains links to Utah Avalanche Forecast center forecasts; mountain weather forecasts; current weather conditions and current (hourly) snowfall totals in the mountains.

Utah Avalanche Forecast Center homepage: http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/ Links to current advisories for northern, central and southern Utah; avalanche education; avalanche statistics; avalanche photographs; maps; and more.

Utah Avalanche Forecast Center advisories page (Salt Lake and Utah Valley areas): http://utahavalanchecenter.org/services/advisories  Gives current snow conditions, outlook for avalanche threats, and a brief mountain weather forecast for the day.

Westwide Avalanche Network: http://www.avalanche.org North American avalanche information; links to local avalanche forecast centers (including Utah Avalanche Forecast Center)

American Meteorological Society: http://www.ametsoc.org/ The American Meteorological Society is the professional organization for meteorologists.  Their website has information on education, careers, and current news and events in meteorology. 

Snow Crystals http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/ This is a an absolutely fantastic site to learn about snow flakes and view images of them.

Snow crystal microscopy http://emu.arsusda.gov/snowsite/default.html This site is run by a group, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that study snow and image it with an electron microscope. The website has many amazing images of different types of freshly - fallen snow flakes and re-crystallized snow from the snow pack. Best of all, they have stereoscopic images.


For a slightly irreverent, tongue-in-cheek look at skiing in the foothills of Salt Lake City, visit: http://www.foothillfreak.com

International competitive cycling news: http://www.cyclingnews.com.  This site is your best source of current information on professional and elite amateur cycling.  It’s focus is international, but it has good coverage of the U.S. scene.

U.S. and international competitive cycling news: http://www.velonews.com.  This U.S. – based site has the best U.S. coverage and good international coverage as well. 

The Utah Sport Bike Association: http://www.utahsba.com.  Go here for information on Utah’s sport bike racing and track scene.

European sports: http://www.eurosport.com

The World Rally Championship http://www.wrc.com. These guys are way better than Ken Block....