All the sites you need to obsessively watch the tropics.
Many people who live in the Keys simply enjoy the abundant sun and warm breezes and never think much about the weather.
But anyone who's been here long enough knows it pays to keep an eye on the tropics during the summer.
Summer is a glorious time. Growth is lush. Days are long, the water's warm. Which means the nearby oceans — oceans that produce our usually glorious weather — turn into steaming bowls of tropical soup.
I beg the pardon of those who hate the term "hurricane season," but summer = warm water and lots of sun, which = hurricane season.
Officially, the hurricane (or tropical cyclone) season is June 1 to Dec. 1. It's the most likely time of year for tropical disturbances to turn into tropical depressions and possibly tropical storms, and possibly hurricanes. And possibly big, intense hurricanes.
The websites listed below are more than anyone needs to stay well-informed. This is deep intell for people who want to look obsessively at the tropics, who are fascinated by the power of tropical weather, who want to figure it out and see the charts and maps and satellite images that visualize it.
This list includes sites of government agencies and the military, as well as university, commercial, personal and nonprofit sites. Use only official government sites for making what could be life-or-death decisions. The National Hurricane Center site is the official source for hurricane forecasts and warnings: NHC home page.
For local government, see the Local info page.
For more hurricane information, see the Hurricane section.
Hurricane forecasting, models and information
- Atlantic Tropical Weather Center
- CIMSS Tropical Cyclones
- ECMWF - European weather model
- Experimental forecast Tropical Cyclone Genesis Potential Fields- FSU site for weather models
- FNMOC Satellite Data Tropical Cyclone Homepage
- CIMSS 24-Hour Shear Tendency Analysis
- HurricaneTrack.com Interactive Tracking Map
- Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) Home
- UK Met Office - Tropical cyclones
- Navy hurricanes, typhoons, satellite images, forecasts, tracks
- Navy model plotter
- NBC6 Hurricane Tracker
- NCEP-Forecast models
- NRL Cyclone tracks-satellites
- Numerical Models Nexlab, College of DuPage
- Operational Model Guidance Products for Atlantic Tropical Cyclones
- Storm2k - Excellent weather information and discussion site
- NOAA Surface Wind Analysis
- UKMET Sea Level Pressure - model output
- Weather Underground Tropical Storm Computer Model Hurricane Forecasts
- Western North Atlantic Layer-Mean Wind Analyses
- WREL Online! HurricaneCenter for VA-Mid Atlantic
Radar and satellite sites
- Central America - 4 km Visible - RAMSDIS
- EUMETSAT - Meteosat Satellite Images, Products and Derived Imagery
- Interactive Weather Satellite Imagery Viewers from NASA Earth Science Office
- Miami Nextad radar loop — UCAR
- Miami Nexrad radar — Dupage
- NASA GOES 12-East visible satellite
- NASA GOES hurricane sector viewer
- Navy Lan Satellite viewer
- Nexrad - US RAP page
- Miami Nexrad - Weather Underground
- NRL Satellite Products
- NWS - US Radar-Forecast - Home
- NWS Miami Nexrad
- Satellite - UW Loops selector
- Satellite links page
- NRL Tropical Images
- Tropical RAMSDIS ONLINE
- Tropical Satellite Imagery - NOAA
- US East - West - RAMSDIS
- US East Water Vapor (IR3) - - loop - RAMSDID
- US East-West GOES 12-10 - RAP
- Weather Images .com tropics
Storm history, facts and references
- NOAA FAQ: Hurricanes, Typhoons and tropical cyclones defined.
- Florida Photographic Collection
- Global ISCCP B1 Browse System
- NOAA CSC Historical Hurricane Tracks map generator application
- Hurricane Surge Prediction - Understanding the Destructive Flooding Associated with Hurricanes
- List of notable tropical cyclones - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- MetEd Topics: Hurricanes-Tropical
- Hurricane Research Division: Hurricane Re-Analysis Project
- National Hurricane Center: The Deadliest Atlantic Tropical Cyclones, 1492-1996
- NHC: The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale