Thanks to our friend Richard Honan of Winthrop for sending us this useful list of hurricane tracking sites.
With Hurricane Matthew currently
barreling across the Caribbean and threatening Florida and the U.S.
East Coast, he reached out to Fred Pickhardt, a Tampa, Florida-based
professional ship weather router, to ask him what were some of his go-to websites and resources for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms. Here are a few of his favorites:
Best Hurricane Tracking Sites
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is
the place to find the official tropical cyclone forecasts and warnings
issued by the US government for the North Atlantic as well as the
Eastern North Pacific. The site has many resources available with
excellent satellite photos, computer model guidance and an archive of
past historical tracks going back into the 180o’s. The NHC site is user
friendly and comes in full feature, mobile and text onlyversions with easy access to the latest storm info, official advisories, marine forecasts and much more. Hurricane Matthew coverage HERE.
The Weather Underground Tropical Weather Page is
a very comprehensive and easy to use site which provides excellent
tools for storm tracking for both the professional and the amateur. The
site is available in a full (graphics heavy), a lite version, a mobile version and an iPhone version. This
site allows you to track tropical cyclones anywhere on the globe with
interactive maps that allow overlays of computer guidance, forecast
tracks, many satellite images and features several excellent weather
blogs. Hurricane Matthew coverageHERE.
a commercial site that offers both current and archive tracks on an
interactive map that allows you to overlay satellite, radar and surface
data. It has a unique feature that allows you to quickly check how far
the storm center is from major cities/ports. Hurricane Matthew coverageHERE.
Other Useful Tropical Cyclone Tracking Sites
Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project (TCGG),
part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), provides
real-time guidance and information for major storms, including Hurricane
Mathew. The site uses data from a variety of modeling centers outside
of the NCAR, such as NOAA, other national numerical weather prediction
centers, and universities. Hurricane Matthew coverage.
Also be sure to check out Tropical Tidbits, a blog that focusses primarily on tropical cyclones and related topics, as well as Mike’s Weather Page at SpaghettiModels.com, which is a mash-up of various official models and information.