Hurricane Support Resources (Data and Products)

Hurricane Support Resources

SECOORA Member Organizations Observations, Model and Data Products

SECOORA is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ committed to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.  Explore SECOORA partners and member organization hurricane support resources below (more to be added).

Data Portals
Data portals are tools to visualize forecasts and parameters that affect hurricane intensity, movement, etc.

Data Portal Information

SECOORA Data Portal

The SECOORA Data and Maps portal presents gateway to visualization and access to near real-time observations and model forecasts in the SECOORA domain. Click here to access the portal.

Contact: University of South Carolina - Dwayne Porter

SECOORA Marine Weather Portal

The Marine Weather Portal (MWP) provides marine observations, forecasts and short and long-fuse warnings for the coastal waters of North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia and the Atlantic and Gulf Coast areas of the Southern Region. Click here to access the MWP.

Contact: University of North Carolina Wilmington- Jennifer Dorton

Weatherflow StormTrack

StormTrack allows you to see the latest predicted track of an identified storm. By using our wealth of real time observations, Meteorological tools, and precision models, you can see exactly how each storm is progressing. Each storm page grants access to premium level data for the duration of the storm. Click here to access the StormTrack.

Contact: WeatherFlow - Jeff Copeland

Hurricane Heat Content

Description coming soon.

Contact: University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences- Nick Shay

 

Ocean Circulation and Storm Surge Models
Models play very important roles in the scientific understanding of storm surge, wave, and flooding dynamics, as well as the preparation, planning, response, and mitigation of hurricane and coastal flood hazards.

Model Information

Marine Environment Nowcast/ Forecast System for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

This model works to accurately model coastal circulation, wave and weather, and marine ecosystem conditions that support effective marine ecosystem-based management, efficient marine operations, and resilient coastal communities. Click here to access model.

Contact: North Carolina State University- Dr. Ruoying He

Real time Coastal Marine and Atmospheric Environment Prediction System (CMAEPS) for SECOORA Region

The CMAEPS is configured for near real time forecasting for the SECOORA region. Currently, the forecasting system performs a three-day forecast every day with the system being initialized at 00 UTC. Near real time forecasts from NCEP 0.5 degree Global Forecast System (GFS) data from NOAA National Operational Model Archive & Distribution System (NOMADS) are used to drive the atmospheric model by providing initial and lower boundary conditions and 6-hourly updated lateral boundary conditions. The atmospheric forcing such as surface winds from the WRF model will then drive the surface wave model and the storm surge model. Click here to access CMAEPS.

Contact: North Carolina State University- Lian Xie

Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) 

CERA is a component of the Advanced Surge Guidance System (ASGS). Based on the Advanced Circulation and Storm Surge model (ADCIRC), coupled with the SWAN Wave model, the ASGS generates real-time storm surge guidance for updating emergency response groups during a tropical or hurricane event. The CERA web application provides an easy-to-use interactive web interface which allows emergency managers to quickly evaluate critical situations. Information and maps related to the official hurricane advisories as issued by the National Hurricane Center are available every six hours during a storm. Click here to access CERA.

Contact: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Rick Luettich and Brian Blanton

 

Real-time Data
In situ stations are critical to measuring meteorological and ocean conditions in real-time during a hurricane. Data and information provided by in situ station contribute to the accurate monitoring, forecasting, and study of storms.

Data Site Information

University of North Carolina Wilmington's Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program 

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) overall goal is to provide an interdisciplinary science-based framework that supports sound public policy leading to wise coastal use, sustainable fisheries and improved coastal ocean ecosystem health. Click here to access CORMP data.

Contact: University of North Carolina Wilmington- Lynn Leonard

University of South Florida’s Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System 

University of South Florida’s Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) provides additional data needed for a variety of management issues, including more accurate predictions of coastal flooding by storm surge, safety and efficiency of marine navigation, search and rescue efforts, and fisheries management, as well as supporting basic research programs. COMPS consists of an array of instrumentation both along the coast and offshore of the West Florida Shelf, combined with numerical circulation models, and builds upon existing in-situ measurements and modeling programs. Click here to access COMPS data.

Contact: University of South Florida- Bob Weisberg 

 

Other Resources (many more to be added!)
Know of other resources to include in this webpage? Please contact Abbey Wakely at abbey@secoora.org to get included.

Resource Information

Jyotikas Storm Blog

A fun and educational blog concerning tropical storms and witty weather forecasting. From baby blobs to hectic hurricanes, from sci-fi to classic literature, this blog combines science and humor to inform and entertain. Click here to access the blog.

Contact: Jyotika Virmani