NOAA provides easy access to historical hurricane tracks

Understanding historical hurricane landfalls important in preparing for current storms

August 25, 2011

Would you like to know about historical storm activity for your hometown? Are you looking for a specific storm track? Are you curious to know where Hurricanes Katrina, Iniki, or Karl made landfall? NOAA’s Historical Hurricane Tracks mapping application can easily generate customized maps based on more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane data.

“Understanding the history of hurricane landfalls in your community is an important step toward assessing your vulnerability to these potentially devastating storms,” said Ethan Gibney, a senior geospatial analyst for NOAA and one of the site’s developers. “The Historical Hurricane Tracks tool allows visitors to quickly and easily conduct highly customized searches of historical data for hurricanes, whether along the U.S. coast or around the world.”

NOAA’s Historical Hurricane Tracks web site includes tropical cyclone data and information on coastal county hurricane strikes data through 2010. It also features a searchable database of population changes versus hurricane strikes for U.S. coastal counties from 1900 to 2000 and includes detailed reports on the life history and effects of U.S. tropical cyclones since 1958.

Developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center in partnership with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and the agency’s National Climatic Data Center, Historical Hurricane Tracks allows users to search by place name, storm name or year, or latitude and longitude points. With the search results, users can generate a map showing the track of the storm or storms accompanied by a table of related information.

In addition, the site contains global hurricane data from as far back as 1842.

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