Aug 2, 2011

Track Hurricanes on Your iPhone or iPad

With Tropical Storm Emily bearing down on the Dominican Republic, where I have friends living, I've been paying more attention to the weather in the Caribbean.  If you live on the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the even the Pacific Ocean, this is a time of the year you want to pay attention to tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons.

Fortunately, if you have an iOS device, there are a number of apps that let you track hurricanes and forecasts their position, strength, etc. on a map.  Hurricane on the iPhone and Hurricane HD on the iPad may be the best ones.  Both are from the same developer and show forecasted position and strength, satellite images, radar, etc. for both current tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons.  They even show tracking maps for past storms so that you can see where they went and how strong they were along the way.

If you live outside the U.S., these are still very useful apps.  For example, you can even track typhoons in East Asia.  As I write this, Typhoon Muifa is east of Taiwan and south of Japan.

Wherever you live, if you are potentially in the path of a tropical cyclone, or if you are a weather geek and just like tracking them, Hurricane and Hurricane HD are good choices for your iOS devices.

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