Tag: gpsgate

08 Apr

GPS and Maps Apps from the Windows Store

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I get questions from time to time asking what program I am currently using on my Surface Pro 4 for maps and navigation while chasing. I do still use Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013, but it’s usually just running in the background zoomed out as a reference map. My go-to mapping application now is the standard Windows Maps application by Microsoft.
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12 Apr

Using QGIS to map your travels

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I know some of us are familiar with the county tracking website where we log all the counties we’ve visited and generate a map of where we’ve been. I even have my own map there, but I haven’t updated it in a couple of years. The user input on that website relies on you manually clicking on whichever counties you want to log as visited. Many of us like statistics, and we like to track where we’ve been. As a GIS Analyst, I love maps. I love mapping data and analyzing that data on maps as well. I thought I could do a post (or a series of posts) on using GIS to generate maps from our storm chasing shenanigans.
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09 Feb

Logging your GPS stream from the chase

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Almost every storm chaser has a GPS device in their vehicle. Whether it be a personal nav device, a phone with GPS or a separate GPS puck they use with street atlas software. Being a data junkie, one of the things I like to do is log my GPS stream everytime I hook it up. This way, no matter what, I’ll always have a GPS log of wherever I went on any given day. Well, as long as I bring the laptop, anyway. Aside from having a historical record of my trip, keeping a GPS log enables you to do all kinds of cool stuff after the fact. I use my GPS data to create travel maps and compile chase statistics. I also use it to geotag the photos I take so I can always say exactly where I shot a particular photo. Not only that, but with some special software I can even create watermarks with the location and timestamp of the photo! This is part 1 of a series of blog entries that will show you what I do with my GPS data and how you can do it, too!
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