Posted on Jul 31, 2013 in Health & safety, Science & nature
What are the best sites to track/follow hurricanes and similar storms?
A hurricane is a type of cyclone — a storm that moves in a rotating pattern — which generally form in tropical regions (which is why they are also called “tropical cyclones”). The hurricanes that affect the US form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico — and, for the western half of the country, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The peak of the storm season usually occurs each year from late August through the month of September.
And as scary, messy or downright destructive they can be, tropical cyclones are actually a very important part of the earth’s weather system. These storms help keep the atmosphere circulating, with the air flowing to distribute heat and rain across the planet. (Cool circulation note: In the Northern Hemisphere, cyclones and hurricanes rotate counterclockwise — while in the southern half of the planet, the storms rotate in a clockwise direction.)
Whether you live an area under hurricane watch, are in the midst of a hurricane experience, or just want to keep track of what’s going on with major weather events in the US, there are several ways you can get reports, maps, live data and warnings. Here are some of the most reputable and regularly-updated sites to see:
Get up-to-the-second/minute/hour news and information about current weather conditions via these social media and other internet channels:
Twitter: @NASA’s Earth Vital Signs, @FEMA, @NHC Atlantic, @ReadydotGov
Facebook: FEMA, US.NOAA.NationalHurricaneCenter.gov, NASA’s Earth Observatory
Also see: Hurricane photos from space, NHC Mobile Site
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