Detroit and the immediate suburbs, including nearby urban areas in Canada, occupy an area approximately 25 miles in radius. The waterway, consisting of the Detroit and St.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, is located in the west–central part of Kent County, in the picturesque Grand River valley about 30 air miles east of Lake Michigan. The Grand River, the longest stream in Michigan, flows through the city and bisects it into east and west sections.
Houghton Lake is located in north–central lower Michigan. The present station is on the northeast shore of Houghton Lake, the largest inland lake in Michigan, with a circumference of about 32 miles.
The Marquette County Airport lies about 7.5 miles southwest of the nearest shoreline of Lake Superior and about 8 miles west of the city of Marquette. Lake Superior is the largest body of fresh water in the world and the deepest and coldest of the Great Lakes.
Duluth, Minnesota is located at the western tip of Lake Superior. The city, about 20 miles long, lies at the base of a range of hills that rise abruptly to 600–800 feet above the level of Lake Superior.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers over the heart of an artesian water basin.
Jackson is located on the west bank of the Pearl River, about 45 miles east of the Mississippi River and 150 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The nearby terrain is gently rolling with no topographic features that appreciably influence the weather.
The National Weather Service Office at Kansas City is very near the geographical center of the United States. The surrounding terrain is gently rolling.
St Louis is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and near the geographical center of the United States. Its position in the middle latitudes allows the area to be affected by warm moist air that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as cold air masses that originate in Canada.
Helena is located on the south side of an intermountain valley bounded on the west and south by the main chain of the Continental Divide. The valley is approximately 25 miles in width from north to south and 35 miles long from east to west.
The climate of North Platte is characterized throughout the year by frequent rapid changes in the weather. During the winter, most North Pacific lows cross the country north of North Platte.
Omaha, Nebraska, is situated on the west bank of the Missouri River. The river level at Omaha is normally about 965 feet above sea level and the rolling hills in and around Omaha rise to about 1,300 feet above sea level.
Las Vegas is situated near the center of a broad desert valley, which is almost surrounded by mountains ranging from 2,000 to l0,000 feet higher than the floor of the valley. This Vegas Valley, comprising about 600 square miles, runs from northwest to southeast, and slopes gradually upward on each side toward the surrounding mountains.
Concord, the Capital of New Hampshire, is situated near the geographical center of New England at an altitude of approximately 300 feet above sea level on the Merrimack River. Its surroundings are hilly with many lakes and ponds.
The Atlantic City State Marina is located on Abescon Island on the southeast coast of New Jersey. Surrounding terrain, composed of tidal marshes and beach sand, is flat and lies slightly above sea level.
Terrain in vicinity of the station is flat and rather marshy. To the northwest are ridges oriented roughly in a south–southwest to north–northeast direction.
The Albuquerque metropolitan area is largely situated in the Rio Grande Valley and on the mesas and piedmont slopes which rise either side of the valley floor. The Rio Grande flows from north to south through the area.
Albany is located on the west bank of the Hudson River some 150 miles north of New York City, and 8 miles south of the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. The river–front portion of the city is only a few feet above sea level, and there is a tidal effect upstream to Troy.
The Niagara Frontier experiences a fairly hunid, continental type climate, but with a definite "maritime" flavor due to a strong modification from the Great Lakes (especially Lake Erie). Buffalo's weather repution is highly exaggerated, and due mainly to its propensity for localized heavy Lake–effect snowstorms in late fall and early winter.
New York City, in area exceeding 300 square miles, is located on the Atlantic coastal plain at the mouth of the Hudson River. The terrain is laced with numerous waterways, all but one of the five boroughs in the city are situated on islands.
Rochester and the Genesee Valley experience a fairly humid, continental type climate, which is strongly modified by the proximity of the Great Lakes. Precipitation is rather evenly distributed throughout the year in quanity, but frequency is much higher during the cloudy winter months than in the sunny ones.
Syracuse is located approximately at the geographical center of the state. Gently rolling terrain stretches northward for about 30 miles to the eastern end of Lake Ontario.