So far, it's been a rather slow summer and early fall for hurricanes, although late September and October is the peak hurricane season. That is because since water takes longer to heat than air, there is a few months' lag time between the hottest part of summer (July/August) and when the Atlantic Ocean waters are at their warmest (September/October).
Hurricanes need warm water to thrive, and thus now is when conditions are primed for stronger hurricane development. (Although El Nino seems to be providing a damper on this season)
But when huricanes are out there, this is 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!
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.