Maps, Views, Projections

Default Map Scales

The first toolbar menu item is a dropdown menu for different geographic areas and map projections. The default view is always CONUS, which is a North Polar Steregraphic projection centered on the Continental United States.

Default projections and areas available in the menu

  • N. Hemisphere (North Polar Stereographic)
  • Regional (for the selected localization site)
  • WFO (for the selected localization site)
  • World - Mercator
  • World - CED
  • World - Mollweide
  • GOES East Full Disk (Geostationary)
  • GOES West Full Disk (Geostationary)
  • Regional Mercator projections for
    • Africa
    • Alaska
    • Antarctica
    • Arctic
    • Australia,New Zealand
    • Europe
    • Hawaii
    • Japan
    • Pacific Ocean
    • Puerto Rico
    • South America
  • WFO (Has a submenu which contains a map scale for every NWS localization site)


New Map Editor / View

File > New Map

Opens a new map editor tab with the default projection (CONUS Polar Stereographic).


This can also be done by right-click on any tab and selecting New Editor


New Projection

File > New Projection

Create a new map projection.