May 25, 2012
Edward Rappaport is the deputy director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center.
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Do you know what to do if a hurricane watch is ordered for your community? What about a hurricane warning? What is a hurricane plan? Don't wait until a storm threatens your community to find out. Get answers to these questions and more during our Hurricane Preparedness Tweet Chat.
As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 27 – June 2) and the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Ed Rappaport, Ph.D., will answer your questions about tracking and forecasting of these potentially damaging storms and how to be prepared. Ed Rappaport is a 25-year veteran of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla.
Every coastal community — from the Canadian Maritimes to the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, Latin America, and across the Caribbean Islands — is vulnerable to these massive storms. Hurricane hazards include high winds, heavy rain, storm surge, flooding and tornadoes — effects that can extend well inland from the coast.
You’ve likely heard about NOAA’s seasonal 2012 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, which calls for a near-normal season. Regardless of the number of storms this season, remember: it only takes one storm hitting your community to make it a “bad” year. Prepare well and have a hurricane plan.
Forecasters at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Fla., continuously monitor the tropical waters for signs of a developing storm, and issue timely and accurate watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses to help keep the population safe, protect property and minimize economic impacts to communities.
The NHC produces a complete suite of text and graphical forecast products that are updated every six hours. Meteorologists use a variety of NHC data sources for forecasts, including real-time data from NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellites, ocean and coastal observing systems, hurricane hunter aircraft (video), and land-based radars.
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.