Atlantic and Caribbean Tropical Satellite Imagery -- view grapical loops of current weather features in the Atlantic hurricane zones. Counter clockwise swirls are worth watching during hurricane season. Discuss interesting areas at the Weather Underground (link below).
KTS to MPH -- conversion table for knots to mph (National Hurricane Center forecasts are typically in Knots while the Saffir-Simpson Hurricance Scale is based in mph).
National Hurricane Center -- the official source for Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico forecasts. Click on "Tropical Weather Discussion" for the tropical weather discussion from the National Hurricane Center.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale -- the official scale for measuring hurricane strenght. The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, is reserved for storms with winds exceeding 155 mph (69 m/s; 136 kt; 249 km/h).
Weather Underground -- great links to the latest information on current tropical storms. Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog is a very good place to catch the latest storm news and cutting edge forecasts. Create an account on Dr. Master's blog and post your tropical storm related questions. This blog is very active during storm season and often identifies new problem areas likely to produce tropical depression or tropical storm before the National Hurricane Center.
Weather - todays (and 10 days) forecast -- select the daily highs or the daily lows for today and up to the next 10 days for continental USA (use the selection box below the map to move to the next day or future day or night.
Weather - departures from normal -- view the departures from highs or from lows for the continental USA. When it is hot air conditioning loads increases natural gas consumption. Likewise cool temperatures increase natural gas usage for home heating.
Storm Coverage -- Tropical Cyclones ...A Satellite Perspective
Wikipedia on Tropical Cyclones -- use Wikipedia to get more background information on the development of tropical storm systems...
A tropical cyclone is a meteorological term for a storm system characterized by a low pressure system center and thunderstorms that produces strong wind and flooding rain. A tropical cyclone feeds on the heat released when moist air rises and the water vapor it contains condenses. They are fueled by a different heat mechanism than other cyclonic windstorms such as nor'easters, European windstorms, and polar lows, leading to their classification as "warm core" storm systems.
The adjective "tropical" refers to both the geographic origin of these systems, which form almost exclusively in tropical regions of the globe, and their formation in Maritime Tropical air masses. The noun "cyclone" refers to such storms' cyclonic nature, with counterclockwise rotation in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise rotation in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on their location and strength, tropical cyclones are referred to by various other names, such as hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm, and tropical depression.