Yes indeed, ArcGIS Online is a powerful tool and best of all, AGOL is available to all! A Tweet got my attention recently, firstly the cool map piqued my interest but then as I read the tweet I found it to be even more awesome! Via @jjrennie the post read “This was our first attempt playing with @ ArcGISOnline. Hoping more cool stuff can be made with this.” The post is in reference to an Eclipse Viewability Map created by the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS).
The prime viewing locations are displayed on the interactive map above. You can click on any station to view detailed information for that location, including the local peak time of the eclipse, how much of the sun will be obscured at that location, the computed viewable percentage, and the percentage chances of the five categories of cloud cover (clear, few, scattered, broken, and overcast) used to calculate the viewable percentage.
About the map and more info from NCICS
This map shows the likelihood of being able to view the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse, based on historical cloudiness data from the NOAA NCEI 10-year hourly climate normals dataset. For more about the eclipse and the development of this map, see our News story and Ready, Set, Eclipse on NCEI’s web site. (Source)
Making GIS, maps, spatial science and analytics available to all is definitely the most awesome thing about ArcGIS Online. Users can jump right in and create a free public user account, organizations can now create a variety of user accounts having various levels of access, and yes, developers can even create a free developer account to test the waters and really get their hands dirty! With a free public account, you can create, store, and manage maps, scenes, layers, and apps, and share them with others. You also get access to content shared by Esri and GIS users around the world. Public accounts are for noncommercial use only. OpenData is all over the web and the Living Atlas is growing daily, providing us all with access to data to mashup and map. Seeing a “first attempt” like this is pretty darned awesome and proves that any user or organization can do great things with all the fabulous tools and resources that are available to us.
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— Jared Rennie (@jjrennie) June 7, 2017