Sunday, July 25, 2010

Weather Resource: National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center (NHC), also known as the Tropical Prediction Center or TPC, is the division of the National Weather Service charged with monitoring the tropics and forecasting the development of tropical cyclones (i.e., tropical depressions, storms or hurricanes).  

The bunker-like structure housing the NHC is located on the Florida International University campus in Miami, FL.  The building was specially designed to withstand a direct hit by a hurricane (inspired by the damage caused to the center's former location by Hurricane Andrew in 1992).

Below are some images of the inside of the center's forecast and operations areas:

The official website is located here.  A virtual tour of the office is available here.

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