UCB Libraries

Maps: Weather & Climate

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Search below to find weather and climate maps. Return to the Map Library main page to search for maps by topic.


  • In the Library
  • Colorado & U.S. (online)
  • International (online)


Atlases and almanacs of different geographic regions of the world may have a summary of the weather and climate of that region. These would be a good starting point for research.


Maps of specific topics related to weather and climate include:


Standardized Precipitation Maps (Colorado Climate Center)

The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) was developed for the purpose of defining and monitoring drought. Among others, the Colorado Climate Center, the Western Regional Climate Center, and the National Drought Mitigation Center use the SPI to monitor current states of drought in the United States.


USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.


National Weather Service (NOAA)

Daily Weather Map

The charts (2002-present, 1871-1968, and weekly maps from 1968-2004) on this web site are the principal charts of the former Weather Bureau publication, "Daily Weather Map." 



Environmental Data Explorer
(United Nations Environment Programme)
Display the data as maps, graphs, or tables.
Data category: Climate


Climate Inspector

The Climate Inspector is an interactive web application which expands GIS mapping and graphing capabilities to visualize possible temperature and precipitation changes throughout the 21st century.


National Geographic MapMaker Interactive
Interactive Map, Layers include Physical Systems - Climate

SEDAC Map Client
(Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center)
Map Layer: Climate (choose from "theme" in top right).


World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment
(Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a center within The Earth Institute at Columbia University)
Relevant maps in map gallery: Climate, Conservation, Poverty, Sustainability