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
predict hurricane paths include the historical data in their models.
There are two datasets that display hurricane tracks. The first is an
animation that runs from January 1, 2000 through October 3, 2006 and displays
the tracks of all of the hurricanes that occurred during this time period. The
hurricanes are depicted by red dots in the dataset.
For each day, the hurricane track appears as a series of four red dots.
The red dots are spaced out according to how fast the hurricane was
moving. When a hurricane moved very little over a 24 hour period, the
four red dots appear clustered together. To represent a hurricane that
traveled a long distance in one day the four red dots are spaced to
cover that distance. The summer and spring are calm seasons. The
hurricane activity begins to pick up late each summer and typically
through the fall. The unusually long hurricane season of 2005 can be
seen in this dataset. Notice that no hurricanes cross the equator.
- 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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- National Hurricane Center, Joint Typhoon Warning Center
- Tropical Cyclones, Atmosphere, Tracks, Hurricane Tracks, Hurricanes