Supplying Us All With Hurricane Warnings & Forecasts
Hurricanes cause death and devastation across our country year after year, but the NOAA National Weather Service is working very hard so that we won’t be taken by surprise when a hurricane arrives, that we’ve all got as much time as possible to prepare for the impending hurricane and take the appropriate action. Hurricanes can be formed in different regions, so naturally the NOAA Hurricane Center has up to date information available about just exactly what’s going on in:
- The Atlantic
- The Caribbean
- The Gulf of Mexico
- The East Pacific
- The Central Pacific
- The Western Pacific.
Information Available from the NOAA Hurricane Center
They keep a watchful eye on the sky, the sea and the land. What can they tell us?
- Advice, brochures and guidelines on how to keep safe during the hurricane season – be prepared, that’s what it’s all about you know.
- Facts about hurricanes . . . like . . . did you know that in the Atlantic Ocean the hurricane season starts on 1 June and runs right through to the end of November . . . oh, and Australians apparently call hurricanes “willy-willies” – don’t ask me why, I’m just telling you the facts!
- Information about previous hurricanes . . . remember Katrina? Sure you do, well they’ve got all of the facts and figures about hurricane Katrina, as well as all of the others. Another interesting fact . . . apparently all hurricanes are named (usually with girls names if you notice) for each season, the first hurricane has a name beginning with the letter “A” and so on throughout the hurricane season . . . you know it’s been a bad year when hurricane Zara arrives!
- Individual map showing any tropical cyclone activity in each of the above areas.
- Hurricane wind and speed probability for each area
- Tropical Storm wind speed probability (the wind speed goes a long way to determine the strength of the hurricane)
- Maximum wind speed probability – just what sort of wind speeds could be coming your way
- Information for mariners
- Wind history information
- Warnings and static images
They also put out weather (particularly hurricane) warnings as soon as they feel that there is any need to do so. If you live in an area which is susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms (a hurricane actually becomes a hurricane once a tropical storm has wind speeds of 74 miles per hour or even more) then you need to have one ear constantly tuned in to the local radio station and keep up to date with any hurricane warnings – particularly during the hurricane season of course.
Curtesy of the NOAA Hurricane Center . . . thank you so much!