I'm trying to figure out the coordinate system of some data I downloaded from a no-longer-maintained USDA website.
The data's still accurate, it's just floating in space.
I've tried several state-plane systems, a number of UTM systems, etc. My brute force method is running out of steam.
I'm using Quantum GIS, so what I've done is started a new project, imported the state of new mexico's counties to the system and let the metadata assign its coordinate system (EPSG:4269 - NAD83).
I then enabled on-the-fly reprojection, set the project's coordinate system to "NAD83 / UTM zone 13N," and imported my un-defined coordinate data.
I tried about 30 different coordinate systems so far, and none of them get the data any closer than almost-in-line east-to-west and out of line by about 1000 miles north-to-south.
The image below is a screenshot of qGIS with Erodability due to wind data, with an assigned system (EPSG:26915 - NAD83 / UTM zone 13N) based on a guess, which is obviously wrong.
I've marked the origin with a small dot, if it helps.
For what it's worth, I went over the metadata files, and I didn't see anything relating to coordinates.