While planning an upcoming trip to Southern California I ran across various sites advertising whale watching excursions and noticed that several companies actually post logs of sightings. If you have read more than a couple posts on this site, you know I’m not one to turn down an opportunity to scrape and analyze data! After merging the logs with water temperature data from the NOAA, I uncovered an interesting story behind the numbers.
As an avid reader of Runner’s World, I was excited when the current issue contained not only an article titled, “America’s 50 Best Running Cities,” but also the data and methodology for choosing the cities. If you read this blog, you know how I love me some reproducible research.