Guessing where a hurricane is heading is not an exact science. Those predictions are much better today than in the past due to better hurricane modeling. Via television, everybody can get constant updates on The Weather Channel. As Tropical Storm Bonnie approaches the oil drenched areas of the Gulf of Mexico, I wanted to share a few Internet sites I visit to quickly get an idea about what is going on and, if I have time, some fun.
- National Weather Service
- National Hurricane Center
- Weather Underground Tropical page
- Gulf of Mexico Buoy Data
- Hurricane Tracking
The buoy data can be very revealing when a major storm is accompanied with storm surge. I was on the phone with Doug Branham of Colonial Claims before Katrina hit. He alerted me to the huge wall of water that eventually washed away parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama based on this information.
Jeff Masters WeatherUnderground Blog and Hurricane Terrapin are the two quick sites I watch. I strongly suggest that the Discussion made by the National Hurricane Center be read to better understand how the professional meteorologists are viewing the accuracy of their predictions and expectations. The Discussions are on either of these two sites.
Finally, for some off the wall fun, I have long kept bookmarked BobbiStorm’s Hurricane Harbor blog. For instance, this is how she concluded last night’s post:
Either she intensifies or gets downgraded… that’s my guess. And, expect to see that track pulled back to the north a bit more as Bonnie is being pulled more to the north around the flow of the Upper Level Low and it’s an interesting storm… that’s all I’ll say. Each in it’s own way is interesting.
Miami is amazing. Breakfast at Bayside this morning and hunkered down for a Hurricane Party tonight… low key party, no liquor… lots of cherries and designer water ;)
Sweet Tropical Dreams… Bobbi
Speaking of a party, the weekend is almost here and this nostalgia should help get you in the mood: