For forecasts, warnings, and up to the minute hurricane information, keep up with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.

GOES East GeoColor satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean on September 11, 2018 showing Hurricanes Florence (L) and Helene (R) and Tropical Storm Isaac (center). Photo Credit: NOAA/NESDIS

GOES East GeoColor satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean on September 11, 2018 showing Hurricanes Florence (L) and Helene (R) and Tropical Storm Isaac (center). Photo Credit: NOAA/NESDIS

Ocean observations are important elements of forecasting, tracking, and managing risk during hurricane season.  The resources listed here will provide you with visualizations, data portals, forecasting information, and more.

For forecasts, warnings, and up to the minute hurricane information, keep up with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.

National Resources

IOOS.us provides quick access to U.S. IOOS’s main project areas, including the data catalog for data downloads.  During hurricane season, the following tools can be used to access key storm tracking data:

The U.S. IOOS Glider Data Assembly Center ingests data from gliders deployed throughout all U.S. IOOS regions, and includes data from NOAA gliders as well as RA gliders, U.S. Navy gliders, and more.  Gliders are customized to gather an array of measurements, which often includes sea surface temperature and salinity, which are important to storm prediction and forecasting.

The Environmental Sensor Map integrates regional, national, and global real-time (past 4-hours) data gathered by sensors on buoys and fixed moorings from a broad spectrum of local and national resources throughout the U.S. Custom data views are offered during or after notable events, and users can create and save their own data views on demand.

The EDS Model Viewer  is tool that can be used to examine, analyze, and access integrated model output from federal and non-federal partners. Users can examine several modeled variables together in a map-based environment, and generate time-series plots of the output. Real-time observations are also available for comparison purposes.

Regional Resources

Mid-Atlantic – MARACOOS

Visit the MARACOOS Storm Center to access the MARACOOS OceansMap for data visualizations (and download the mobile app) as well as links to neighboring regions and national information centers.

Southeast – SECOORA

SECOORA’ s Hurricane Resource dashboard offers quick access to the data portal, buoy & high-frequency radar data as well as links to forecasting, storm surge modeling, and more.

Gulf of Mexico – GCOOS

GCOOS created a Hurricane resource center, gathering access to forecast information, satellite images, external resources, and emergency contacts. The tabbed, comprehensive dashboard provides weather radar mosaics, satellite cloud imagery, maps of specific storm warning and watch areas (for wind, flood, flash flood, lightning, tornado, and marine) and maps of any hurricanes or storms in the Gulf of Mexico, with their observed tracks, and forecasted positions out to three and five days.

Caribbean – CARICOOS

CARICOOS has a suite of data visualizations on their Hurricane Season dashboard.  View water and heat visualizations, satellite imagery, and forecasts focusing on the Caribbean.

Contact

U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
1315 East-West Highway 2nd Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

(240) 533-9444

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