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Climate & Weather: Internet Resources

This guide contains selected climate and weather resources available on the Internet.

Quick Links:


Local Weather

National and International Weather

  • Interactive Weather Information Network (IWIN (National Weather Service)). Source of weather forecasts and data.
  • Home Page. The Weather Channel Home Page
  • Weather Page. Intellicast (Weather Services International). Weather forecasts, predictions, data, history, and educational materials.
  • The Weather Underground. Weather and weather data, current and historical.
  • OSU Weather (Ohio State University). Climate and weather data, current data summaries, other materials for on demand reference/research. Special emphasis on tornadoes.
  • Old Farmer's Almanac. Weather forecasts that "are determined by the use of a secret formula (devised in 1792 by the founder of this Almanac, Robert B. Thomas), enhanced by the most modern scientific calculations based on solar activity, particularly sunspot cycles."
  • STORMFAX® Weather Services. Weather and climatologic services, historical, and other data. Current information on hurricanes, tropical storms, and other weather activities, as well as information/links on such topics as: Ocean temperatures and conditions, tides, sunrise/moonrise, pollen, pollution, and UV conditions, weather lore and history, and many others.

National Severe Storm Warning and Watches

Government Sites



Disaster Planning

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Learn about and prepare for disasters. Includes resources and data on all kinds of events, including:
    • Are You Ready? "In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness."
    • Storm Watch (FEMA). Official site for hurricane and flood warnings and watches.
  • Hazards Assessment (NWS). Weather disaster areas; source of identification.
  • Severe Weather (NOAA). Data and reports on all severe weather situations.
  • Storm Ready! (NWS). Awareness and planning on a community level. Learn how to coordinate with municipal and governmental emergency support, how to be prepared, how to get help in a disaster, and other topics. Describes situations and their likelihood. Also includes special topic resources, such as Severe Weather In My Community.

UB Libraries Resources

Reference Books

  • Local Climatological Data, Buffalo (1958-Present) UGL/SEL REF QC 983 A533
  • Survey of Climatology v.11 UGL/SEL REF QC 981 W67
  • Climates of the States v.2 UGL/ SEL REF QC 983 C 56 1985
  • Climatic Atlas of the United States SEL Map Rm Atlas G 1201 C8 U57 1993
  • Solar Energy Atlas for New York State. James Healey, Richard T. Nelson, Ronald Stewart. Albany: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, SUNY Albany, 1975.
    UGL/SEL Ref QC894 N7 H4 1975.
  • Solar Radiation Energy Resource Atlas of the United States. Solar Energy Research Institute, 1981. SEL Map Rm Ref QC911.82.U5 S64 / UGL/SEL REF QC911.82.U5 S64
    The only source of solar radiation data for the Buffalo area.
  • Weather of U.S. Cities v.2 UGL/SEL REF QC 983 W393


  • Elements of Geography UGL G126 T7 1967
    Describes climatic regions of the United States (Koppen system)
  • Snow Cover Surveys Lockwood GB 2416 E 28


  • Climate Change v.3 (1980/1981)- Present SEL Per QC981.8.C5 C54
    "An interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change."

Government Documents

  • Common Questions About Climate Change SEL Documents US C 55.2: C 61/ 7

Just for Educators and Students


  • Educational Activities. (NCDC). Climate/weather educational materials.
  • Educator's Bridge. (National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: NCDC affiliate). Climate/weather educational materials and links; arranged by grade level.
  • Bridge (Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center). Educational materials, activities, climate/weather/environmental news and issues.
  • Water Cycle Teachers Page (University of Washington). Study guides and course materials on the entire water cycle.
  • Chasing the Storm: Weather Photography. View weather topics and effects, shown with photographs.

Storm Chasing (Videos, documentaries, etc.)


  • FEMA for Kids (The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Helps kids learn about and prepare for disasters.
  • Lesson Plans from the Weather Channel has lesson plans and guides for teachers of grades K-12. Includes the Weather Classroom.
  • Projects and Activities page. Learn weather and climate concepts by performing experiments, taking readings, and other activities.