Where can I find yearly annual averaged temperature data for every city and town in the US and Australia for a heatmap?

links are good

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    Just for clarification, are you looking for point data, or can you work with raster data as well?
    – Baltok
    Jan 25, 2013 at 15:25
  • you can use whatever you like, probably best to use whatever is easier Jan 28, 2013 at 23:50

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The resource at GOSIC: http://gosic.org/content/gcos-surface-network-gsn-data-access

It's not every town and city - but it's the most comprehensive coverage for international comparison.

Of course, you could go big and get the data straight from the University of East Anglia: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/#datdow

But be prepared for a steep learning curve....

There's NOAA coverage for detail in the USA: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/land-based-station-data/quality-controlled-local-climatological-data-qclcd

and for Australia the link is: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/

... have fun coloring in things Purple!

  • there is never a steep learning curve. just bad data, bad transmition of info, and bad user-friendly Jan 29, 2013 at 0:09
  • while other answers are ok, i like how the best answer is from the lowest reps ^_^ Jan 29, 2013 at 0:16
  • Long time stalker, only recent contributor! Jan 30, 2013 at 0:21

Try Worldclim it's a raster set, with several clim average measurements from 1950 - 2000.


For Australia, climate data is available from the Bureau of Meteorology.


The Weather Underground Weather API

has the option (free) for historical weather is coverage more than US and Australia

There is a pricing structure if your are doing more than 500 API calls a day.

But worth looking in into:



I've used PRISM data before: http://www.prism.oregonstate.edu/

Some of it's free, some you have to $$$

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