Two Months Until Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins… Are you prepared?

With two months until the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins, it is time to start getting our hurricane kits back in order. Everyone knows the standards:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • weather radio
  • battery/solar/hand crank radio or tv
  • canned goods
  • one gallon of water per person per day for one week
  • water on hand for sanitation (toilets, washing)
  • Baby wipes (even if you don’t have babies!)
  • non-chlorine bleach and water tablets (to sanitize water & clean)
  • camp stove or other non-electric cooking appliance
  • propane for the camp stove, or appropriate fuel
  • fill your car with gas
  • have cash on hand (power out means no ATM)

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iPhoneFootPrint Review: Hurricane turns your iPhone into a cutting edge storm tracker

Original Article can be found on iPhoneFootPrint.com here.

Hurricane turns your iPhone into a cutting edge storm tracker

With the iPhone moving beyond gaming, music, Wi-Fi, lifestyle and entertainment, a new series of apps are emerging. For instance, with the help of some innovative apps, you can now track the tremors of the earth or, if you are living near the Hurricane Alley, you can chase the progress of Hurricane Ike.

This year, if you have an iPhone and internet connectivity, you can now track the trajectories of [Nickolas, Grace, Bill, Rose] and others when the Atlantic warms up during the hurricane season.

By making smart use of the iPhone’s unique capabilities, Kitty Code has now turned the iPhone into one sleek storm tracker. With this app in your iPhone, you will be able to keep track of hurricanes right from the time they originate in the Atlantic to the time when they smash coastal America.

Information organization: The interface makes this potentially complex app very easy to use. The vast information is organized under three simple categories – Hurricanes, Past Hurricanes and Satellite. You need the Internet for using the first and third features. However, the second feature, the scrollable hurricane memoranda does not need any connectivity. Just see it and check the history of storms that have hit in the past.

Storm Data: Once you open the app it will feed in live data to your iPhone from satellites. The storm data will be displayed with the along with the satellite image and the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Hurricane activities in the Atlantic, Caribbean sea, Gulf of Mexico and Northeast Pacific are [currently] covered in this app.

Interactive map: The interactive map allows the user to navigate between different tracks and plots, latitudes and longitudes, wind speed, wind pressure, time, intensity and most importantly, the path of the hurricane. Just tap along on the right and left arrows to track any particular hurricane track and its speed at various points along its path.

Plus the app also provides a detailed list of the following features:

1. Forecast Image Maps
2. Tropical Outlooks, Summaries & Discussions
3. Storm Bulletin
4. Storm Forecast/Advisory
5. Storm Discussion
6. Storm Probabilities

An interesting goody: However, all of that is for tracking current storms. What if you want to know about the stormy history of say, Ike? For that, the app provides something special for storm chasers and interested people – a storm archive dating back to 1851. This archive works offline and provides the details of every unrest in the Hurricane alley in a chronological archive.

Great interface, terrific navigational facilities and the ease of tracking hurricanes activities from your iPhone. I think this app will be of great help during the hurricane season this year.

Mexico App Store: Hurricane Top Paid Weather App

Every so often we go through the varous app stores to see where Hurricane ranks among the paid apps, as well as over all. It’s a manual process, but very much worth the time it takes. In today’s view, Mexico gave us a very cool surprise – Hurricane is listed as the #1 Paid App in the Weather category!

  #1 Mexico
  #3 Argentina
  #8 United States
 #11 Canada

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!

Saffir-Simpson Scale

All hurricanes are dangerous, but some more so than others. The way storm surge, wind, and other factors combine determines the hurricane’s destructive power. To make comparisons easier-and to make the predicted hazards of approaching hurricanes clearer to emergency forces-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane forecasters use a disaster-potential scale which assigns storms to five categories.

Category 1 is a minimum hurricane; category 5 is the worst case. The criteria for each category in the table shown below:

Category Central Pressure Maximum Winds Storm Surge
Tropical Depression 38 mph / 34 kts or less 4-5 ft.
Tropical Storm > 980 mb or 28.94 in 39-73 mph or 34-63 kts 4-5 ft.
1 – Minimal < 980 mb or 28.94 in 74-95 mph or 64-83 kts 4-5 ft.
2 – Moderate 965-979 mb or 28.50-28.91 in 96-110 mph or 65-96 kts 6-8 ft.
3 – Extensive 945-964 mb or 27.91-28.47 in 111-130 mph or 97-113 kts 9-12ft.
4 – Extreme 920-944 mb or 27.17-27.88 in 131-155 mph or 114-135 kts 13-18 ft.
>5 – Catastrophic < 920 mb or 27.17 in > 155 mph or 135 kts > 18 ft.

* – The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is based on Windspeed alone, the pressures are only included as a general reference and may not always apply