Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hurricane HD 2.1

Application: iPad versions available for iPhone
Function: Weather, hurricane tracking
Rating: ***
Cost: $3.99

Each year from June to November sailor in the lower latitudes keep their eyes on the skies. The hurricane season for 2011 has been fairly quiet along the gulf coast.  Several remnants of hurricanes have caused severe flooding in the northeast. September is historically the busiest month for hurricanes but for those sailors in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean it is far from over. 

The hard working people at Kitty Code have developed Hurricane HD to keep you abreast of the latest tropical storms and hurricanes. This is an iPad app to give you the best view of the approaching hurricane systems.

  • World Wide Interactive Tracking Map with storm data, generated on your device as it becomes available, throughout the hurricane season.
  • The newly updated tracking map now allows for the display of multiple tropical systems simultaneously, while the Hurricane HD Historic Storm Library gives you access to memorable storms of the past and can be displayed along side current storms within the tracking map.
  • With the new Storm Center, active storm bulletins, forecasts, satellites and radar are all at your finger tips, along with the ability to play through storm tracks
  • Use the Historic Storm Library to learn more about past hurricanes like Camile, Hugo, Andrew and Katrina, just to name a few. All hurricanes back to 1851 in the Atlantic, and 1949 in the Pacific are available!
  • Internet Connection required to receive new plots and view new satellite pages and text bulletins.
  • Tropical Outlooks, Discussions and Summaries produced by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
  • Each ACTIVE storm has:
  • Storm Centered Satellite Images
  • Forecast Image Maps
  • Tropical Bulletins from the NHC, CPHC and JTWC:
    • Storm Bulletin
    • Storm Forecast/Advisory
    • Storm Discussion

  • Storm Probabilities (NHC/CPHC)
  • Radar (when available/within radar range)
  • Satellites which contains Generic satellite images and satellite loops
  • All Satellite views updated throughout the hurricane season, and updated to current imagery as they become available.
Hurricane HD is one of many hurricane apps available but is unique in that it has the ability to track all storms on the go. Check in real time with the animated satellite images, tracking maps and interactive forecast.  The additional narrative bulletins provide detailed information.

The app tracks all tropical storms from both the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and National Hurricane Center. The app not only provides data about active storms but also give you data about inactive storms from past seasons.  

For $3.99 this is a great app for keeping track of these monster storms. Don't get caught on the high seas without Hurricanes HD.

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