As forecast, the number of R packages hosted on CRAN exceed 10,000 in January. Dirk Eddelbuettel, who has been keeping track of what’s happeining on CRAN with his CRANberies site for a number of years, called [hurricaneexposure]() as the 10K package in a tweet on January 27th. hurricaneexposure was of two hundred and six new packages that arrived on CRAN in January. I thought many of them were of high quality so picking out recommendations was unusually difficult this month. Here are my picks for the top fifty organized into xxx categories.
elevatr v0.1.1: Provides access to several databases that provide elevation data including Mapzen Elevation Service, Mapzen Terrain Service, Amazon Terrain Tiles, and the USGS Elevation Point Query Service. There is a vignette.
europop v0.3: Contains a dataset giving the populations of all European cities with at least 10,000 inhabitants during the period 1500-1800.
fivethirtyeight v0.1.0: Provides the data, code and interactive visualizations behind FiveThirtyEight Stories. There is a vignette that privides an example of a data analysis, and a list of data sets that are included.
hurricaneexposure v0.0.1: Allows users to create time series of tropical storm exposure histories for chosen counties for a number of hazard metrics (wind, rain, distance from the storm, etc.). The vignette provides an overview.
metScanR v0.0.1: Provides functions for mapping, and gathering meteorological data from various US surface networks: COOP, USCRN, USRCRN, AL-USRCRN, ASOS, AWOS, SNOTEL, SNOTELLITE, SCAN, SNOW, and NEON
PeriodicTable v0.1.1: Contains a dataset of the properties of chemical elements.
rdwd v0.7.0: Provides functions to obtain climate data from the German Weather Service, Deutscher Wetterdienst, (DWD) There is a vignette on Weather Stations and another showing how to use the package.