Storm tracking, there’s an iPad app for that

hurricaneHD01My son is a budding meteorologist.  He is fascinated with weather, with an emphasis on hurricanes.  One of the things he does, during the summer and into fall, is track storms.  He has traditionally used the National Hurricane Center  web site and the Weather Channel’s updates.  Well, now he has another nifty tool to use:  Hurricane HD for the iPad.

Hurricane HD for the iPad is a paid app ($3.99) that also uses the NHC’s data but makes it available in nicely packaged application.  The application makes it easy to follow Atlantic and Pacific storms as well as view continental radar.  You can view satellite loops, radar, view historical storms and more.

The historical storms section is not as detailed ashurricanHD03 I might have liked, but it does allow you to ‘track’ the path of a storm.  I found it interesting to see where the storms that hit the Richmond, VA area had been and where they went.  Richmond does not see many direct hits, but we’ve been soaked from many a storm, including Gaston, which hit us in 2004.  Gaston pretty much stalled over the Richmond area for hours.  We got so much rain that day that the drainage system in downtown Richmond could not keep up and, in a matter of a couple of hours, much of the Shockoe Bottom area, just east of where I work, was under several feet of water.  Much of the area became impassable and many of us who work downtown were stuck in traffic for upto five hours.  Gaston devastated the Shockoe Bottom, a rather eclectic and historic area of the city, for a couple of years.

Hurricane HD now includes several ‘beta’ features for the South Pacific, West Pacific and Indian Ocean views as well as bulletins for those three regions.

There are links in the application for weather podcasts and netcasts.  The links, of course, open up in the Safari browser. 

HalfByte will, from time to time, include storm related posts. They are, for the most part, written by son, Chase.  The first post for this season is here.

Hurricane HD is from Kitty Code and is available in the App Store for $3.99.

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