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Hurricane Tracks: Cumulative - 1950 - 2005



Tracking historical hurricanes is an important way for hurricane researchers to learn about the paths of future hurricanes. Because of this, records of hurricane paths are archived and studied. Not all hurricanes follow the same path, but there are certainly noticeable trends for hurricane paths. Many computer models that have been created to predict hurricane paths include the historical data in their models.

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This dataset shows the paths of all tropical cyclones from 1950 through 2005. Circles represent tropical cyclones, squares represent subtropical cyclones and triangles represent extratropical cyclones. The colors indicate the maximum sustained wind speed with cool colors for slower speeds and warm colors for faster speeds, as indicated by the colorbar. The points are drawn at 6 hour intervals over the life of the storm. When mapped like this, definite patterns in cyclone paths are clear to see. For example, you can see that cyclones typically start near the equator and move away from it toward the poles and they don't cross the equator.

Notable Features

  • All recorded hurricanes worldwide from 1950 - 2005 are included
  • The dots show the locations of the hurricanes at six hour intervals
  • No hurricanes cross the equator


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Directory Categories
  • Water: Tropical Cyclones

    Air: Tropical Cyclones

Dataset Source
  • National Hurricane Center, Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Dataset Visualization Developer Keywords
  • Tropical Cyclones, Atmosphere, Tracks, Hurricane Tracks, Hurricanes