Automated Data Plotter
This application dynamically generates many types of graphs. These graphs are derived from processing of various data sources done by the IEM. Please feel free to use these generated graphics in whatever way you wish. Reset App. The IEM Explorer application offers a simplified frontend to some of these autoplots.
Second, select specific chart options::
Plot Description:This plot presents the trailing X number of days temperature or precipitation departure from long term average. You can express this departure either in Absolute Departure or as a Standard Deviation. The Standard Deviation option along with precipitation is typically called the "Standardized Precipitation Index".
The plot also contains an underlay with the weekly US Drought Monitor that is valid for the station location. If you plot a climate district station, you get the US Drought Monitor valid for the district centroid. If you plot a statewide average, you get no USDM included.
Based on a sampling of recent timings for this application, plot generation time has averaged 6 seconds. Hold on for the plot is generating now!
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IEM Daily Features using this plot
The IEM Daily Features found on this website often utilize plots found on this application. Here is a listing of features referencing this plot type.
- 16 Oct 2023: Storm Lake Precipitation
- 21 Jul 2023: D0 Drought Remains
- 05 Jan 2023: Drought Busting?
- 19 Aug 2022: Ames D1 Drought
- 28 Jun 2022: Flash Drought Concerns
- 04 Jun 2021: Increasing Departures
- 15 Apr 2021: D3 Removal
- 10 Dec 2020: NW Iowa Continued D3 Drought
- 17 Jul 2020: D2 Introduction
- 15 Jul 2019: Drought Timescales
- 25 Apr 2019: Large Gap
- 10 Aug 2018: Ottumwa Multi-Year Drought
- 15 Dec 2017: Continued Drought
- 13 Sep 2017: Flash Drought
- 05 Jun 2017: 31 Day Dips below Average
- 15 Apr 2016: Departure Differences
- 13 Apr 2015: Difference between Depatures
- 09 May 2014: Short Term Up, Long Term Down
- 14 Oct 2013: Continued Complex Drought
- 05 Sep 2013: Complex Drought
- 08 May 2013: Short vs Long Term
- 06 Feb 2013: Long Term Deficits Remain
- 16 Nov 2012: Deficits