Factual collects data on a variety of topics, organizes them, and allows easy access. If you ever wanted to do a histogram of calorie content in Starbucks coffees or plot warnings with a live feed of earthquake data – your life should be a bit simpler now.
Of course, you could just go to the source. Roy Mendelssohn writes (with minor edits):
Since you are both interested in data access, please look at our service ERDDAP:
Now if you use R:
Or if you use Matlab:
The two services above allow access to literally petabytes of data, some observed some from model output. I realize you guys don’t usually work in these fields, but this is part of a significant NOAA effort to make as much of its data available as possible. One more thing, if you use “last” as the time, you will always get the latest data, This allows people to set up web pages that track the latest (algal bloom) conditions, such as done by one of my colleagues.
BTW – for people who want a GUI to help with the extract from within the app, there is a product called the Environmental Data Connector that runs in ArcGIS, Matlab, R and Excel.
Roy’s links inspired me to write another blog post, which is forthcoming.