• Hurricane Season 2013

    Posted on June 6th, 2013

    Written by Wayne Brackin

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    With the development yesterday of Tropical Storm Andrea, Hurricane Season 2013 is officially underway.  While much of South Florida will be impacted by rain, and tornado watches were issued earlier today, the brunt of the impact will be felt along the central west coast of Florida.

    Following this storm’s path reminded me how important and accessible hurricane tracking has become in recent years.  The tools and technology we have at our fingertips provide valuable information about approaching storms, and I find them extremely helpful in our hurricane planning. 

    Twitter is one of these tools.  Sure, it is used a lot for fun, but I have found that there are a significant number of Twitter users who can be very helpful in hurricane preparation. 

    The thing about this social media app that is appealing to me is that, for the most part, you are only receiving messages from those that you have decided to actively follow.  Therefore, in this case, I can recommend to you a number of people or organizations to follow that have proven to provide up-to-the-second information when there is a storm approaching. 

    They also tend to give plenty of advice and direction.  Among the ones I find most useful are:

    @NOAA
    @NWSMiami
    @usNWSgov
    @twc_Hurricane
    @HurrTrackerApp
    @BreakingStorms
    @NHC_Atlantic
    @NHCDirector
    @BreakingMiamiNews
    @BaptistHealthSF

    As for weather apps on the iPhone and iPad, I find a few helpful in keeping me updated on a storm’s progress.  The first is Hurricane Tracker.  This works for me as an all-around hurricane app.  With its tracking maps, notifications and alerts from the National Hurricane Center, access to NOAA Weather Radio and forecaster updates fed in real time, I find it extremely useful.  I also use two other apps, IMaps Weather Plus and NOAA Radar Pro, to keep me up-to-date, although there are many other good ones available.

     It doesn’t seem like very long ago that the only way to keep track of an oncoming storm was to watch TV, most notably tuning into updates from meteorologist Bryan Norcross, and when that failed, a battery powered radio. 

     Technology has accelerated beyond our wildest dreams, predictability has improved, but once a storm hits, it is back to fundamentals.

     “All the little birdies on Jaybird Street, love to hear the robin go tweet, tweet, tweet.”
    – Michael Jackson’s 1972 version of Rockin’ Robin

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