hurricane reconnaissance display feature added
to the HURRTRAK EM/Pro and HURRTRAK RM/Pro systems in 2000 allows the
user to stay "on top" of the latest storm developments.. After the HURRTRAK ONLINE system receives and decodes
Hurricane Hunter reports, the system will display those
reports on a detailed pan and zoom type map.
a series of screen images that explains this function in more detail.
hurricane reconnaissance program is started, the user is presented with a
large scale map centered on the Western Atlantic. The user can then
select to either view all of the recon advisories in the past x number of
hours or specify a date range. In the example below, we have specified a
date range that includes some vortex reports from 1998 and 1999.
As the user passes the mouse over an observation, the report is highlighted
and the decoded information is shown on the right side of the screen.
Here the user has passed the mouse over a vortex report for Hurricane Floyd in
The user then zooms in closer....
by clicking on the vortex report, the supplemental vortex
information is plotted. As the mouse passes over the supplemental
points, all of the supplemental data is shown with the selected observation
highlighted in the table.
In the example below, the user has clicked on the Hurricane Floyd vortex
message, showing the supplemental data. The red
X's indicate the position of the highest flight level winds observed entering
and exiting the vortex.
Notice the single observation to the NE of the center. This is a
non-penetration RECCO report. This observation's information is decoded on the right
side of the screen.
The user also has the ability to graph the supplemental vortex data of wind
speed, temperature / dew point and pressure height. They are shown on
the next 3 screens below.
Max Wind Speed
Temperature / Dew Point
It 's like you're riding along
with the hurricane hunters... except a lot safer !!