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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Site Thumbnail - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Many of the best resources about weather and climate come from NOAA. The front page of NOAA contains the latest news articles from NOAA. We couldn't begin to cover all the other areas of NOAA here.
Site Thumbnail - - National Weather Service (NWS)

The front page displays a map of all the current watches, warnings and advisories across the United States. If you click your area on the map, you can visit your local Weather Forecast Office. You can enter your zip code for current and forecast conditions for your area.
Site Thumbnail - Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF) from the Weather Prediction Center

View images showing the forecast rainfall for the Continental United States for the next 1 to 7 days.
Site Thumbnail - North American Surface Analysis from the Weather Prediction Center

View the latest surface analysis, with fronts, highs and lows. You can view an interactive version of the map here.
Site Thumbnail - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS)

View current and forecast river levels across the United States.

U.S. and International Weather Forecasts

Various Tools

  • Current Cyclone Generation Probability
    This is a computer generated product. It is an interesting product, but the percentages might be very incorrect. The images on the main page are interesting to determine trends. The bottom of the page has graphs that allow you to compare the year-to-date observations to the average over that period.
  • Advanced Dvorak Technique (NOAA | University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    It estimates the pressure of a system. It's an experimental estimate that can be quite off, though it is often helpful in finding the center of a storm and to give you an idea if the system is possibly getting weaker or stronger. (The diagram available for the cyclone is good for that.) This resource is for developed tropical cyclones only. See the site below for invest areas.

    Take a look at the two images on the storm's page. One will let you know if the storm is probably getting stronger or weaker. The other points out where the center probably is.

    For invest areas and developed storms, see the Tropical Storm Position Page. Once you get the T number and CI number, use the Dvorak chart to determine the estimated intensity of the storm.
  • Satellite Consensus Intensity Estimates (SATCON) from University of Wisconsin-Madison (About)
    This is another technique that gives intensity estimates for storms. This is nice because it gives other satellite intensity estimates as well.
  • Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU) from University of Wisconsin-Madison (About)
    This is another technique that gives intensity estimates for storms. Once you are on a storm page, click "Current Intensity" in the top left corner for text data.
  • Hurricane Data from Unisys Weather
    This site has historical track data for tropical cyclones worldwide. It also has a lot of other data for the United States in an interactive display, including current surface map, sea level pressure contour, GFS forecast and lots of other data, including satellite and radar data.
  • United States Drought Monitor
    Weekly images showing current drought conditions across the U.S.
  • Dvorak Current Intensity Chart
    If you know what the pressure is expected to be, you can use this approximate guide to see what the wind speed might be expected to be. It's definitely an estimate when using the ADT technique. (Advanced Dvorak Technique)
  • Climate Prediction Center Hurricane Outlook
    Details what NOAA expects of the hurricane season. It is important to note: "NOAA's seasonal hurricane outlook is not a hurricane landfall forecast; it does not predict how many storms will hit land or where a storm will strike."

Educational Information

Other Sites About Hurricanes

  • Atlantic Hurricane Seasons from Wikipedia
    One of the best resources for finding information about past hurricanes, and their impacts, is Wikipedia. You can verify the information it contains by looking at the references listed. There is likely no better site for viewing all of this data in one place. Select a year to view information about storms from that year.
  • Hurricane City
    This is a site that has live video broadcasts as storms approach. It has a lot of other information, such as storm histories for particular areas. Also be sure to check out the message board, CaneTalk, which we help to administer.
    This site is a great message board with quite a few knowledgeable weather professionals.