SOUTHWINDS Hurricane Pages

THE BEST boating Hurricane Section for sailboats on the web. Learn how to protect your boat—and more—with articles, information and links on hurricanes and how to prepare your boat

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CURRENT STORMS

NOAA satellite image
Current Atlantic satellite image (courtesy NOAA) Click on image to view in motion.


 

SOUTHWINDS BOAT PREPARATION ARTICLES:

NOAA SITES:

OTHER WEATHER SITES:

  • The Weather Channel: Commercial site with good satellite images and maps of storms.
  • Intellicast
  • WunderGround.com: Good site for in-depth coverage and data. Go to "Computer Models" for the theoretical tracks (spaghetti lines): Find the hurricane you want to check and then click on "computer models". These are the various models they use to judge where the storm is most likely to go.
  • Hurricane Alley: HurricaneAlley.com is the authoritative source for hurricane information, including hurricane preparedness, the latest hurricane information, and national weather service updates.
  • Crown Weather Services (Tropical): Great site with lots of miscellaneous maps and links.
  • CNN.com's It's official: 2005 hurricanes blew records away: Great site for past storms of 2005 on CNN web page showing timelines.
  • NOAA National Data Buoy Center: Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of Florida and Eastern Gulf. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc. From the National Data Buoy Center.
  • COMPS: Similar to the previous site above but more stations in the Gulf and West Florida. Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of the Eastern Gulf, Florida Keys, West Florida, Tampa Bay area. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc.
  • NOAA National Buoy Data Center: Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of the Carolinas, Georgia, NE Florida. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc. From the National Data Buoy Center.
  • Naval Oceanography Portal: Military Web site with a wealth of information, great tracks, but requires a lot of poking around to find what you want. Enter the Public Web Site area, unless, of course, you have a DoD Certificate.

ARTICLES WANTED

Southwinds Wants Your Hurricane Stories:

We are looking for real stories of what you did to prepare your boat:
— what did and didn't work — at the dock, anchored, at sea, on land.
Sail or Power. Contact: editor@southwindsmagazine.com

Hurricane Charley hits Florida in August 2004
Hurricane Charley hits Florida in August 2004
Photo courtesy NOAA