Hurricanes and tropical storms are a reality for the Southeastern United States including Florida. This post is intended to provide links to various Hurricane-related resources to help keep you informed about hurricanes. Stay informed and stay safe.
What is an [Atlantic] Hurricane: “An Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that forms in the Atlantic Ocean, usually between the months of June and November. A hurricane differs from a cyclone or typhoon only on the basis of location. A hurricane is a storm that occurs in the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Pacific Ocean, a typhoon occurs in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and a cyclone occurs in the south Pacific or Indian Ocean.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_hurricane)
Weather Info with Alerts, Maps and Forecasts
NOAA: National Hurricane Center – Provides maps of current tropical disturbances, storms, and hurricanes along with forecast projections updated regularly
Weather Underground: Hurricane and Tropical Cyclones – Shows advisories and details about current hurricanes and tropical cyclones
WeatherBug: Hurricane and Storm Tracker – A map showing current tropical storms and hurricanes
Mike’s Weather Page – Provides links to many different maps and resources all updated regularly. A bit of information-overload but a great resource.
NOAA: Weather Enterprise Resources: Alerts – “The National Weather Service (NWS) provides alert and warning information through official dissemination sources, including NOAA Weather Radio, NOAA Weather Wire Service, and Weather.gov to the public, and the iNWS service for core partners (emergency management community, water resources management community, government partners of an NWS office, or members of the electronic media who need direct interaction with NWS).” – This page contains links to various commercial alerting resources for various delivery options.
Safety and Preparedness Resources
Ward Law Group: Hurricane Guide – What You Need to Know – This is a very comprehensive safety guide for hurricanes including preparing a Hurricane Preparedness Kit, checklists, preventative measures, and general information about hurricanes
Asbestos.com: Hurricanes and Asbestos Exposure – “Natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents. Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster.” (by the Mesothelioma Center)
For those that have been exposed to asbestos and contracted cancerous mesothelioma, the Lung Cancer Center has recommended a valuable resource: “Potential Effects of Lung Cancer on Mental Health“
Product Diggers: The Complete Guide to Hurricane Safety – Covers the following topics: Preparing Your Home | Proactive Preparation | Creating a Hurricane Disaster Kit | How Should You Prepare If a Hurricane Is on Its Way? | Safety Tips During a Hurricane
The Robert Dekanski Team: Preparing for High Winds: How to Protect a Home from Damage – Covers the following topics: Doors | Windows | Roofing | Garage Door | Home Siding/Exterior | Landscaping and Outbuildings | Taking Shelter Indoors | Finding a Contractor | Why Prepare
Other Hurricane/Storm-Related Resources
NASA / NOAA: Aircraft Tracker from the NASA Airborne Science Program – This page provides a map and detailed information about NASA and NOAA aircraft including “storm-chasing” planes
NOAA: Hurricane Imagery – This page has a map that shows current weather maps including those for active and recent hurricanes and storms
NOAA: GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite)
“The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), operated by the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service division, supports weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, and meteorology research. … The GOES system uses geosynchronous satellites that, since the launch of SMS-1 in 1974, have been a basic element of U.S. weather monitoring and forecasting.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geostationary_Operational_Environmental_Satellite)
GOES Image Viewer – This page shows a map where you can select specific regions and/or storms and view highly-detailed maps including animated maps of visible RGB and nighttime IR views
Storm Imagery – Lists current storms and hurricanes and provides links to the GOES Image Viewer pages for those storms
Disclaimer: This post is intended to be informational only and not to be used as an official forecast. Watch local and national NEWS for your official weather making decisions.