Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory: Hurricane Research Division - Engaged in advancing the basic physical understanding and improving the forecasts of hurricanes and tropical meteorological systems. A key aspect of HRD's activity is its annual field program of flights aboard NOAA's research aircraft (two WP-3D turboprops and a Gulfstream IV-SP jet) flown by NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center.
Extreme Weather Sourcebook - A database maintained by the Societal Impacts Program (SIP) at National Center for Atmospheric Research of statistics on extreme weather events. The Sourcebook is intended as a resource for researchers, policy makers, the media, and the general public, among other users. It contains monetary damage data on hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, as well as composite data for all three weather events, adjusted for both inflation and inflation and wealth. The Sourcebook also contains data on lightning casualties, fatalities and injuries and similar data for other extreme weather events, such as hail, winter storms, wind storms, and heavy rainfall.
Historical Hurricane Tracks - An interactive mapping application that allows you to search and display 150 years of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone data.
HRD Storm Atlas - Explore the data sets collected by NOAA's Hurricane Research Division during flights into recent hurricanes. There's an atlas of Atlantic Basin hurricanes sorted by name, strength, and date and a special atlas of storms that affected Florida Bay.
Hurricane Center - AccuWeather.com's Hurricane and Tropical Storm Center. From here you can get forecasts and updates on the latest storms, as well as past storm histories, and information and trivia about these deadly storms.
International Tsunami Information Center - Maintains and develops relationships with scientific research and academic organizations, civil defense agencies, and the general public in order to carry out its mission to mitigate the hazards associated with tsunamis by improving tsunami preparedness for all Pacific Ocean nations.
Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation - Storm surge is the abnormal rise in water level, over and above the regular astronomical tide, caused by a severe storm such as a tropical cyclone or nor'easter. Large waves also raise coastal water levels and ride on top of the storm surge to cause extreme damage. Coastal inundation is the flooding of normally dry, low-lying coastal land, primarily caused by severe weather events along the coasts, estuaries, and adjoining rivers. These storms, which include hurricanes and nor'easters, bring strong winds and heavy rains. The winds drive large waves and storm surge on shore, and heavy rains raise rivers. (A tsunami - a giant wave caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea or landslides into the sea - is another kind of coastal inundation, but should not be confused with storm surge.)
National Weather Service (NWS): Natural Hazard Statistics - Provide statistical information on fatalities, injuries and damages caused by weather related hazards. These statistics are compiled by the Office of Meteorology and the National Climatic Data Center from information contained in Storm Data, a report comprising data from NWS forecast offices in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
Online Tornado FAQ - Compiled from questions asked of the author (Roger Edwards, Storm Prediction Center) and his colleagues, as well as basic tornado research information and countless scientific resources.
Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) - The OSEI team produces high-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events which are visible in remotely-sensed data available at the NOAA Science Center in Suitland, Maryland.
River Watch Mississippi River Basin - Includes National Weather Service river forecasts and flood information for all of the Mississippi River and its navigatable tributaries including the Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Monongahela, Allegheny, and Kanawha Rivers.
Severe and Hazardous Weather - Severe weather affects everyone. Hurricanes, hailstorms, tornadoes, snowstorms, ice storms, wind storms, floods, severe cold, heat waves and drought impact individuals, economies, governments, wars, indeed the course of history itself. On this website you will find links to current, forecast, and archived severe weather phenomena.
Skywarn - Trained volunteer spotters for the National Weather Service.
Storm Events - Search the National Climatic Data Center Storm Event database to find various types of storms recorded in your county.
Storm Prediction Center (SPC) - Part of the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). SPC provides timely and accurate forecasts and watches for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes over the contiguous U.S.
Tornado - Tornado chasers, media, websites, information, discussion groups, and geographic locator. Also see Wikipedia.
Tornado Project Online, The - A small company that gathers, compiles, and makes tornado information available to weather enthusiasts, the meteorological community and emergency management officials in the form of tornado books, posters, and videos.
Tsunami - Tsunamis are large water waves, typically generated by seismic activity, that have historically caused significant damage to coastal communities throughout the world. This site provides information about the mechanisms of tsunami generation and propagation, the impact of tsunamis on humankind, and the Tsunami Warning System.
Waterspout - An intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water. While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur. Waterspouts do not suck up water; the water seen in the main funnel cloud is actually water droplets formed by condensation. While many waterspouts form in the tropics, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, New Zealand, the Great Lakes and Antarctica.
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