View Full Version : Little-known maps for AT/CDT/PCT/Alaska hikers

12-21-2004, 01:51
Anyone want to post these as images, feel free. Note that the Palmer Drought Index gets updated every week or so.

US Dept. of Agriculture Plant Hardiness zone maps (to help predict foliage in general, and at specific times of the year)

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/alaska.html (Alaska)

http://www.thegardenhelper.com/ushzmap.html (click on a state to see its region, and the key)

http://www.thegardenhelper.com/hardiness.htm (the key for the map just above, and a map of the last frost dates across the lower 48)

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Drought maps (how dry is the soil?)

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/regional_monitoring/palmer.gif (the current Palmer Drought Index map as of today, 12/20/04)

http://www.fs.fed.us/land/wfas/wfas13.html (where you can get updated PDI maps in the future)

12-21-2004, 05:17
The AT is pretty wet right now, outside of Maine.