According to reports, Hurricane Irene has sweptÂ over eastern North Carolina this afternoon.Â Though the hurricane has dropped to Category 1 storm, with maximum speeds of around 85mph, forecasters believe that it will still be a menacing hurricane.
So if you’re on the East Coast, and looking for apps to track Hurricane Irene, then here’s a list of apps.
Hurricane ($2.99) -Â This aptly named app called Hurricane developed by Kitty Cole is one of the most top rated and popular app in the App Store for tracking hurricanes. The app allows you to track the hurricane withÂ animated satellite images and interactive forecast and tracking map and also offers an interactive 5 day forecast cone. It also tells you how far you are from various points in the storm.Â It alsoÂ brings detailed video updates thanks to the partnership with HurrianceTrack.com.
It is currently available in the App Store for $2.99, which is a 25% discount. You can purchase and download it using this iTunes link.
Hurricane HD for iPad users is available in the App Store for $3.99 (iTunes link).
You may also checkout the following paid apps:
Hurricane Express Â ($1.99) – also developed by Kitty Cole, is the Lite version of Hurricane for iPhone (iTunes link).
Hurricane Tracker Â ($2.99) – is another top rated and popular app in the App Store. This app provides minute by minute update on Hurricane Irene with a live feed and frequent audio updates and tons of other features. (iTunes link)
You can also checkout the following free apps:
Hurricance Forecast – is one of the popular and top rated free app in the App StoreÂ with 4+ rating. (iTunes link)
HurricaneSoftware.com’s iHurricane HD with Push – is a popular free app. It offers in-app purchase of additional features such as Push and extended content. (iTunes link).
Digital Tools from FEMA:
FEMA has just launched two new digital tools – a FEMA Android app and Text Messaging service, whichÂ provide information about how to prepare for and recover from hurricanes. You can receive the updates on your iPhone as follows:
- TextÂ PREPAREÂ toÂ 43362Â (4FEMA) to sign up to receive monthly disaster safety tips
- TextÂ SHELTERÂ + your ZIP code toÂ 43362Â (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example:Â shelter 12345) (For availability of shelters and services, contact your local emergency management agency.)
- TextÂ DRCÂ + your ZIP code toÂ 43362Â (4FEMA) to find the nearest disaster recovery center in your area (for example, if you lived in Annandale, Virginia with a Zip Code of 22003, youâ€™d textÂ DRC 22003).
In case, you’ve discovered a great app to track hurricanes that we’ve mentioned above, then please feel free to let us know in the comments.
To all our readers on the east coast, please take care and be safe!
How Scientists Are Predicting the Path of Hurricane Irene–And Why We’re Better At It Than Ever Before
The Eastern Seaboard is warily watching the progress of Hurricane Irene, wondering what course the storm will take and just how ferocious it will be. Predicting the path of a hurricane still involves some guesswork—but thanks to rapidly improving computer models and data-gathering abilities, Tekla Perry reports in IEEE Spectrum, scientists are able to make more accurate forecasts farther in advance than they were even five or ten years ago. In fact, the predicted track of a hurricane over the next 48 hours today is as accurate as a prediction for the next 24 hours was 10 years ago—a day that can make a big difference for people deciding whether to evacuate and how to prepare before the storm. Boosts in computing power mean scientists can run more, faster, and more detailed simulations of the storm, and technologies like Dopper radar provide detailed data on wind speed, air pressure, and temperature as storms progress.
Irene has been a relatively easy storm to predict so far, Frank D. Marks Jr., a NOAA hurricane researcher, told Spectrum, but that doesn’t mean scientists are able to tell residents of any particular city exactly what to expect, especially a few days out:
â€œPeople want to know, come Sunday, how big the storm surge will be in New Jersey and New York, what the wind speed will be within a knot or two, how much rain theyâ€™ll get, how fast the hurricane will be traveling,” Marks says. “And weâ€™re not just there yet, though some models this year are showing a lot of promise.”
Read more at IEEE Spectrum.
Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.