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Weekly Time Waster: Great hurricane tracking site

Weekly Time Waster: Great hurricane tracking site
A new feature here in the weather blog -- once a week I'll try and find a great weather-related web site that should keep you occupied long enough to not have to mow the lawn this week.

This week, we go with a hurricane-related theme.

While poking around the Internet this morning to find out the latest on Tropical Storm Gustav, I found a great hurricane tracking site, called "Stormpulse.com."

 

Powered by hurricane-tracking software from Stormpulse.com.

Not only does it give the latest on current tropical storms and hurricanes, but it has a fantastic historical database that has the track and information on all tropical-based storms all the way back to the 1850s!

Here is the track of Hurricane Camille, which struck the Gulf Coast in 1969:



You can also superimpose the satellite image from that time frame for any storm after 2002.



There's also a link to the Wikipedia entry for each hurricane to tell what each storm did, as well as a photo gallery of storm damage via photo site Flickr.

These screen grabs are just a portion of their web site. There's plenty of other links and buttons to find even more information.

Just like you can spend hours running around Google Earth, we're finding it hard to get work done around here today, but it is a great educational tool to learn about past hurricanes and track current ones.

Also, while we're here, this is the site that helped me find this StormPulse site -- CNBC put together a slide show of the 12 Most Expensive Hurricanes Ever

So have fun, and don't worry about the lawn :)