This website is so massive that even seasoned web surfers will miss many of the great features that HurricaneCity.com has to offer. This page is a tutorial on how to use HurricaneCity starting from top to bottom. We recommend when the tropics are slow to come back and take your time exploring the website. It will be well worth your time!
In 2015 the hurricanecity front page was redesigned with focus on tracking the current storm.
The commentary above the tracking chart will be brief and to the point, what city is featured,where the storm is headed and what our broadcast schedule is. The countdown clock will be activated for tropical storm sustained winds arrival when advisories are issued from NHC showing potential landfall. The play button logo in the upper right hand corner is clickable to hurricane TV our live streaming video feed. This will be live when hurricanes threaten or when major weather disasters are taking place . The tropical update video in the right hand nav bar is updated sometimes 2 times daily if a serious situation is unfolding. During the off season look for site updates once a month or so.
What is nice about this new look is just about everything you click on will open in the same window as the tracking chart & that includes the live feed. This website is huge so if you are looking for anything in particular at hurricanecity use the search window in the navbar. The tracking chart will light up with data as a new system is classified with cone of error,best performing models & track forecast points.
The upper left hand drop down link above the tracking chart shows past season tracking charts going back to 1998, to the right are current satellite links and forecast model definitions. The current feature of Cape Hatteras seen will be replaced with the city at highest risk from a named storm . When clicked it will open in the tracking chart window giving you numerous options of things to see such as webcams etc; from the featured city. So what do you see when you click on it? Here
is the Cape Hatteras page showing local weather, cams, radars, radio, news etc,the other red dots on the map are for regional observations. This tracking chart refreshes automatically and when a new advisory pops such as seen to the left you click the box and the advisory window opens and the blinking light on the map indicates featured city. Right below the model links are links to the NHC & NWS so you can go right to the source of the advisories for further information.
The best part of all of these maps are that they are zoomable practically to street level as you can even see the local conditions at the surface. The yellow links below the tracking chart are all active with current data such as SST's, Radar, storm centered satellite, ships/buoys and tides. There are also links to show you what each catergory hurricane's surge may be for your area. As a hurricane is on the move the National Hurricane Center may release an updated surge map which will be included next to these existing links. Best track data will also be linked in yellow as a new invest's pop on the map giving details on strength and movement. Active and previous storms for the current season will be in yellow below the thumbnails when clicked will show current status in the tracking chart frame. All thumbs will be active once an invest or named storm is on the map and the text links next to the thumb nails when clicked will show current advisory & discussions for active storms.