“Current season” release preview
We have at least one more update planned before the start of the 2007 hurricane season. Here’s a brief line-up of the data we plan to integrate into the system:
- Current cloud cover. By default, you’ll no longer be shown clouds from Isaac (the last storm of ’06) but will instead see a current view of the world’s cloud cover as it was 3-6 hours ago.
- Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model graphics. These experimental graphics help to answer the question: “How high will the water levels get in your coastal area?”
- High-resolution satellite imagery from NASA’s Aqua and Terra MODIS satellites. We’ve intersected storm track data with NASA’s MODIS satellite gathering from the last 3 years. For example, here’s Ivan bearing down on the Florida panhandle. We will also be pulling this data in live as the season progresses.
- Sea-Surface Temperatures and Anomalies. A module that lets you see current sea-surface temperatures as well as the latest anomalies map.
- Better treatment of satellites, including storm floater satellites. Right now there’s not a great way to navigate our satellite imagery short of what’s available on the home page. We’re going to change that.
We have other things planned, but I’m going to save those for the release announcement. Just wanted you to know that we’re still coding away furiously, and these are some of the tasks keeping us busy.