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Using best track, model and fix data processed by our site
Using aircraft reconnaissance data processed by our site
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Using best track, model and fix data processed by our site

The best track data, model data and center fix data on our site comes from the Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting System (ATCF). Our site downloads the latest files from here and processes the data to be displayed visually using Google Earth, Google Maps and Adobe Flash diagrams.

We have no restrictions on the use of the best track, model and fix data that we create. However, you will probably need a commercial license from Google in order to display the Google Earth data if you intend to broadcast the data on television. If you already have a commercial license to use Google Earth, you can already broadcast our model data. You do not need to inform us before you begin using the model data. I am unsure about the rules for broadcasting Google Maps data on television. You are however free to display the Adobe Flash based diagram.

We require no credit of any kind when you use our model data. In fact, we ask that you not credit our site. We have a few reasons for that request. Our site is not really designed to be used by the general public. For the most part, our site is designed for use by weather hobbyists. Another reason is due to bandwidth. This site is non profit, so we want to make sure to keep our costs low. This means that we do not want a lot of traffic coming to our site. The biggest reason is due to the fact that model data should be interpreted by professionals. The model data is best used when a meteorologist talks about how the data is only one tool that goes into forecasting. People should not make their own determinations about where a storm will go based on model data. For this reason, it is better that the general public only be shown the data when a qualified person is there to explain it.

We use Perl scripts to download and process model data. Our best track and model system is currently being rewritten and will not be available for free public distribution until that process is complete. Please check our site updates page for progress on the rewrite.

Using aircraft reconnaissance data processed by our site

The recon data we use is downloaded directly from raw data directories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (ftp | http) The raw data is processed by our site's reconnaissance decoder for display in Google Earth.

We have no restrictions on the use of the recon data that we create. However, you will probably need a commercial license from Google in order to display the recon data if you intend to broadcast the data. If you already have a commercial license to use Google Earth, you can already use our recon data. You do not need to inform us before you begin using the recon data.

We require no credit of any kind when you use our recon data. In fact, we ask that you not credit our site. This site is non profit, so we want to make sure to keep our costs low. This means that we do not want a lot of traffic coming to our site.

We use Perl scripts to download and process recon data. Our recon system is currently being rewritten and will not be available for free public distribution until that process is complete. Please check our site updates page for progress on the rewrite.

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