Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tropical Weather Resources

Here are a few of my favorite sources for tracking tropical weather:

"Official" Information & Advisories:
The National Hurricane Center, of course...

Satellite Imagery:
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

When the storm is impacting Texas, here is a good visible satellite image source, courtesy of the Texas Center for Environmental Quality.

Model Data:
Kind of a "one stop shop" for tropical weather data, including model forecasts, the Weather Underground's Tropical Weather Invest Page.

Radar Data:
GRLevel2 and/or 3 are, of course, excellent.  If you don't already have the program(s), download the full trial version here.

Once you're using GRLevel2 and/or 3, I highly recommend subscribing to the additional resources of Allisonhouse, which include hurricane model data, forecast track data, model data and hurricane hunter aircraft data that can be overlain right on the radar imagery!  Here is a sample image of what I'm talking about:

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