Aug 27, 2012

Track Hurricanes on Your iPhone or iPad, Part 2

Last year I mentioned a great app called Hurricane for the iPhone and Hurricane HD for the iPad in my post entitled Track Hurricanes on Your iPhone or iPad.  With Tropical Storm Isaac (soon to be Hurricane Isaac) bearing down on the Southeastern United States, I thought it best to expand on my previous post.  I barely touched on the features that can help you understand what is coming with a tropical system like Isaac.

The heart of these apps is the tracking map, which is the obvious, go-to feature for determining where the storm is projected to come onshore. However, a lot of focus is put on exactly where the middle of the storm will hit. However, the destructive forces of a hurricane can easily reach a couple of hundred miles away from center, especially in the right-front quadrant of the storm.

Fortunately, with Hurricane and Hurricane HD, the tracking map isn't the only feature. The satellite view, for example, will give you a good idea of the size of a tropical system. These apps also can show you forecast models with expected wind probabilities and long-range tracks.  See the pictures at the bottom to see examples of what is available in the iPhone app.

At $2.99 for the iPhone app and $3.99 for the iPad app as I write this, it's well worth the money if you live anywhere near a hurricane-prone area.

While you are at it, please take a look at these other posts for staying safe and informed during bad weather:
  1. Weather and iOS: Why Are You Still Using the Built-in Weather App?
  2. Spotting Tornados on RadarScope
  3. You Need a Weather Radio: Your iPhone Can Be That
  4. Tornado Safety Via Your iPhone
  5. Super Resolution Reflectivity and More in RadarScope
Tracking Map
Floater Rainbow Satellite Loop
Visible Satellite Loop

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