I managed to spend a couple of hours this morning checking out the exhibits at the 15th Annual GIS Day at the Capitol. I would have liked to have spent a little longer, but what I did see while I was there impressed me.
Both Carter County GIS and the Chickasaw Nation had the latest maps and before and after aerial pictures of the deadly Feb. 10 tornado that hit Lone Grove. And the Oklahoma County Assessor had the damage assesments from the other tornado that day that sliced through Oklahoma City and Edmond.
I also learned that the good folks at Tinker Air Force Base are using GIS and GPS to track not only military operations, but the movements of the Texas Horned Lizard. It turns out a small population of the lizards are on base, said Natural Resources biologist Ray Moody.
For those on slower connections, it may take a while to load, but you can see the path of the tornado and the property parcels that sustained damage. The map is still a work in progress, but it’s a good look at just how much damage is in Oklahoma County.
They’re still preliminary, but you can get a good idea of the widespread reports of destruction from initial reports collected by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. We collected their reports and compiled them in a searchable map and database here.
You can also access the database from our Your Right to Know page under the “Maps” section.