Hurricane Season 2015 is here. Are you ready?

Welcome to Hurricane Season 2015 – are you ready?

Now is the time to get smart, learn new stuff (about weather, hurricanes) and beef up your resources to get prepared for any tropical weather emergency. And that includes learning and using the many online resources for Hurricane Season 2015.

Hurricanes – and, for that matter, tropical storms – are nothing to take lightly or take for granted. Sure your home and community hasn’t been hit with a serious hurricane for many years now and the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s official forecast calls for a “below normal” season in 2015.

But as one of the top hurricane experts once subtly pointed out: “It only takes one to make it very bad year.”

Online resources for hurricane season


So, let's start with the obvious: the U.S.  National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center in Miami

Some folks like to rail against government but without government we would have no Hurricane Center. And, sure, maybe the Hurricane Center website hasn’t been restyled in a few years (but the mobile version is very functional, if not pretty.)

The Hurricane Center also maintains a Facebook page, which it updates as necessary. It employs a group of Twitter accounts and, actually, one of the best Twitter accounts comes from Craig Fugate, administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and long-time emergency director in Miami.

The Hurricane Center is on YouTube, although not as frequently as it should be.

Another excellent resource, particularly on mobile, is the Weather Underground or Wunderground, a commercial site to be sure but one founded by a bunch of former Weather Service veterans.

Its mobile apps are actually pretty hard to beat and updated frequently with valuable information.

If  you really want to start getting nerdy (like some of us), Florida State University maintains a site on which you can view the latest runs of the various (if not quite all) hurricane models from which forecasts are drawn. The model runs show motion – direction and predicted intensity – and can you see what the experts see.

In addition to all these resources many local and regional news sites, newspapers and television stations, run their own hurricane pages, mobile apps, and other online resources and many are very good. Most, if not all, draw their information from the Hurricane Center and many add local and regional information.

The point is Hurricane Season 2015 comes complete with as much information and online resources as are available and the catalog of resources grows with each year. In this era of the digital world there is simply no reason to remain uneducated about hurricanes nor is there a reason to remain uninformed when the weather threatens.

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