Haag’s HURRICANE GEOPORTAL: timely access to reliable data
In August, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (a division of the National Weather Service), updated their 2023 hurricane outlook. “Due to current ocean and atmospheric conditions, such as record-warm sea surface temperatures, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has increased their prediction for the ongoing 2023 Atlantic hurricane season to an “above normal” level of activity from a “near normal” level with their most recent update.” NOAA now predicts “a 70% chance of 14-21 named storms, of which 6-11 could become hurricanes, and 2-5 could become major hurricanes.”1
In light of the outlook for 2023 and considering active recent hurricane seasons, it is imperative for businesses and individuals to have quick and reliable access to key data points. Haag believes that there is no such thing as too much data if the data is organized, relevant, easy to access, and easy to understand. Haag’s Hurricane Geoportal gives users the power to view multiple datasets, interact with the data, and decide which information is most valuable to them. The Haag Hurricane Geoportal utilizes a map-based interface to provide on-demand access to several useful data sources including:
- Real-time data for active and recent storms from the current hurricane season
- Detailed storm data from the past three hurricane seasons with options to filter data based on storm name
- Wind speeds and pressure at observed positions along a storm’s path
- Direct access to official National Hurricane Center (NHC) storm reports
- Radar and aerial imagery data for storms
- Access to local climatological data reports
- NEXRAD radar mosaics for current and past storms
The Haag Hurricane Geoportal provides timely access to reliable data in one easy-to-use platform. While we can’t stop severe weather from happening, we can create tools to help make proactive planning and recovery much easier. The Hurricane Geoportal is your one-stop shop for keeping an eye on the data for the eye of the storm.
If you would like to learn more about the Haag Hurricane Geoportal, please contact Marcie Deffenbaugh, GIS Services Manager, to view a demo or for more information. Haag’s Hurricane Geoportal is available via subscription– one year subscription for $50/month or opt for a month-to-month subscription for $75/month.
1. Source: “NOAA Releases Updated 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook” https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/news/noaa-releases-updated-2023-atlantic-hurricane-season-outlook#:~:text=The%20outlook%20now%20includes%20a,the%20ongoing%20El%20Ni%C3%B1o%20event .)
Marcie Deffenbaugh is the Manager of GIS Services for Haag Technical Services, a division of Haag Global, Inc. In this role, Ms. Deffenbaugh oversees initiatives related to GIS planning, system design, and system administration. She also manages a staff of GIS technicians, analysts, cartographers, and project administrative assistants who provide data validation and project management services for oil and gas clients. As the primary liaison between the client management teams and Haag Technical Services personnel, Ms. Deffenbaugh provides technical consulting services on a regular basis.
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