via Time: This Map Shows Where in the U.S. You Have the Highest Chance of Getting Struck by Lightning

This Map Shows Where in the U.S. You Have the Highest Chance of Getting Struck by Lightning

PSA of the day

By Olivia B. Waxman @OBWaxFeb. 28, 2014

Today, Atlantic Cities points out that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has published a map of lightning strikes in the U.S. According to the description of the map in the Google Maps Gallery, the map is organized by county and represents incidents over “the years 1995-2000 and 2001-2009.” The darker the shade of red, the more “events” have occurred, and the map breaks down each county’s data in terms of total number of injuries, fatalities, cost of property damage, and cost of crop damage.

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Read more: Lightning Map by USGS Shows Where You’re Most Likely to Get Struck | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/28/this-map-shows-where-in-the-u-s-you-have-the-highest-chance-of-getting-struck-by-lightning/#ixzz2ukzqKKPT

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via GoogleMapsMania: Google’s Population Explorer-TRY THIS!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Population Mapping


Population Explorer is a Google Maps based tool that can estimate the population of any area on Earth, down to an area of 1km2.

Draw a polygon anywhere on the Earth and Population Explorer will provide an estimate of the population within the defined area. I’ve tested the tool by selecting areas that I know, such as London and the UK, and I’ve also tested it by searching for estimates in deserts and the sea. From my limited testing Population Explorer does seem to return accurate population estimates.

The results of each search displays the total population, the population density, the number of males & females, the age structure of the population and population growth estimates.