Google Earth ™ allows users to view different types of data on the same interface. Since the HURRTRAK system exports storm information to Google Earth, other data parameters can be viewed in concert with this data.
In the middle of winter when there is an absence of tropical storms, it is difficult to fully demonstrate this new capability. However, we have put together some images and a short video capturing what this data looks like and how it would be used. We highly recommend viewing the video below for full benefit. However, if you don't have time, please have a look at the images further down the page.
TO VIEW THE VIDEO DEMONSTRATION OF THE EXPANDED GOOGLE EARTH DATA INTEGRATION
(the video quality is somewhat diminished to reduce file size: 15 minutes)
Note... the non-storm data is from February 6th, 2008. When a storm develops that can demonstrate a “real-time” situation, we will update these images. A sample of the type of data that is available is shown on the menu dropdown below.
This image shows Hurricane Katrina wind radii along with some radar and observation wind data. The radar and storm can be animated together.
This image shows Hurricane Katrina wind radii along observed temperature information and current weather.
This image shows Hurricane Katrina wind arrows superimposed on satellite imagery. Both can be animated.
This image shows Hurricane Katrina wind arrows with NWS severe weather watches and warnings.
This image shows Hurricane Katrina wind radii and the current river gauge status. The gauges are color coded pointing out which rivers/streams are either approaching or in a flood stage.
This image shows Hurricane Katrina wind radii and the FORECAST river stages. Again the gauge locations are color coded based on the severity of the forecast flood stage.
There are quite a few more data types which can be displayed... these examples are meant to show just a few of them.