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A new map will be added each day by the Kentucky Geographic Alliance. Please join the conversation.  

Note: To see how GIS works, click and zoom on the Commonwealth Map to find your favorite PLACE in Kentucky






Note: The following maps were created by the KGA to celebrate Geography Awareness Week:







Tornadoes recorded between 1950 and June.







Lost River Cave GIS project.















Oil and Gas Wells in Kentucky

Last night I was I watched the weather carefully in the Bowling Green area.

Today, on my way into work, I thought about the map that was created by the KGA for tornado tracks would be interesting for people to look at.

This morning, National Geographic has an interesting report about the weather this past weekend.  In fact, if you type in national geographic tornado as a search, there is a lot of interesting information to look at.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently updated how they categorize tornadoes.  It is based on storm damage rather than wind speed.

What do you think about the map?

A number of teachers from different backgrounds came to Lost River Cave to learn how to integrate GIS into their classroom.  The KGA received a grant from National Geographic to promote the use of GIS in the classroom.  In addition, the KGA signed a contract with Esri to provide GIS software free of charge to any K-12 school in the state.

The K-12 teachers had teaching experience in science, math and social studies, and they were able to create a mapping base for lost river cave that will support their content interests.  The Kentucky Teacher wrote about the event in a August issue

This post was used to support the map associated with Tuesday of Geography Awareness Week.

Scott Dobler - Kentucky Geographic Alliance





A few months ago during a KGA meeting, Ryan mentioned that there was a new book about Kentucky BBQ.  Well, all of us are BBQ fans, and we got excited about two of our favorite topics:  Geography and Food. 

The book called KY BBQ by Wes Berry (Mr. Berry's website), outlines different BBQ styles and regions in Kentucky based on his travels. 

Not only was this a cool book, but we found out his WKU faculty office was a five minute saunter from KGA central.  After a few meetings, and some BBQ, we presented to Wes a map that I have attached to this post.

The GIS map was included in this blog to demonstrate that people or groups can make their own maps about their favorite food, or add to other projects already working.  If you zoom into Wednesday's Map you can see that we categorized his favorite KY BBQ joints by city and county.  When we developed the map, we were interested in showing the distribution of BBQ joints, and the relative population size of the county where they occurred.  (Note:  I know this sounds boring, but geographers live for this stuff)

After looking at the map we gave to Wes, you can see a regional pattern for food styles.  When I travel through Cincinnati, I love to eat at one of the chili parlors.  Now, that is not KY BBQ, but it is a local favorite.  I have many favorites in the US:  Chicago style pizza, Tony Pacco's in Toledo... as the list grows, my attention slows...

Time to eat

this post was in response to Wednesday's GIS map posted by the KGA.

Scott Dobler - Kentucky Geographic Alliance