Storms out there now: www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Hurricane center at the U.S Government NOAA weather site with map of any current storms in the Atlantic. This is the best site for quick and easy access to current tracks and information. Most of the other sites get their prediction information and tracks from this site.
Hurricane Computer Models: www.weatherunderground.com/tropical/
Good site for in-depth coverage and data. Go to “Computer Models” for the theoretical tracks (spaghetti lines): Find the hurricane you want to check and then click on “computer models”. These are the various models they use to judge where the storm is most likely to go.
INDEX TO HURRICANE RESOURCES LINKS ON THIS PAGE
Articles on How to Protect Your Boat in a Hurricane
Articles in SOUTHWINDS, mainly from boaters who have had their boats in hurricanes
- A Good and Simple Plan for Your Boat
Creating a good, simple and quick plan for your boat. This article is for boats at the dock, the basics, in practical terms, of preparing your boat for a coming storm. The article also discusses the storms you are most likely to get hit with.
- Moving and Preparing a Boat in the Keys for Hurricane Wilma
Rebecca Burg, a regular contributor to Southwinds magazine, writes about her experience in moving her boat into the mangroves near Key West during Hurricane Wilma in October, 2005.
- Preparing a Boat — and Surviving — Hurricane Charley
How Mick Gurley prepares his Pearson 35 for a tropical storm at anchor. His boat survives with no damage from a direct hit from Hurricane Charley in August 2004.
- Hurricane Preparation through the Eyes of a Dockmaster
Paul Warren, Dockmaster at a Florida marina, discusses the preparations he has for his marina and what he does to prepare the boats at the marina for a coming storm.
- Sailing in Hurricane Charley — lessons Learned
Capt. Kevin Hughes, in evading Hurricane Charley, ends up anchored off Punta Gorda, FL, and is onboard when the hurricane hits.
- Dry-Storing Your Boat on Land (a three-part series)
Capt. Ron Butler Discusses How to Best Store Your Boat on Land for a Hurricane.
- How a Southwest Florida Charter Company Survived Hurricane Charley with Almost no Damage
Yachting Vacations, a charter company in Punta Gorda, FL, had a hurricane plan that worked with great success
Links to other Hurricane Articles on the Web on Preparing Your boat
- BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center
BoatUS Web site on hurricane information and boat preparation. Great site similar to the Southwinds Web site with lots of resources and information.
- BoatUS Guide to Preparation of Boats and Marinas
Useful information on preparing your boat, sail or power, at the dock, at a mooring/anchored, and on shore. Information on lines, anchors, chafing, sails, canvas, cleats, etc. Hurricane holes, water damage trailer boats, hauling boats, hurricane planes. And more.
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) Hurricane Website
- Pinellas County (St. Petersburg, FL) Hurricane Guide for Boaters.
- Boats.com Hurricane Prep page
- Boatsafe.com Hurricane Preparation page.
- Boat Insurance.org
Boat Insurance Blog – A source for boat insurance tips, buying information, etc. Article on 10 ways to prepare your boat for Hurricane Season
- Colligo Engineering
Unique bridle plate mooring system for strongly securing multihulls to moorings
Miscellaneous Hurricane Information of Interest to Boaters
- NOAA Site Showing Current Storms Out There Now
- How Storm Surge Works and Links to Tides: East Coast, Gulf Coast, Caribbean & Bahama
- What Florida Law Says about Mandatory Marina Evacuations and Tropical Storms – and other Laws
- SOUTHWINDS Editor’s Predictions for Sailboat Owners for this Year
Links to The Best Hurricane Weather Websites: NOAA Sites:
National Hurricane center at the U.S Government NOAA weather site. This is the best site for quick and easy access to current tracks and information. Most of the other sites get their prediction information and tracks from this site.
National Weather Service tropical weather outlook and discussion.
National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Week site.
- NOAA site on past storms with tracks and information. Just type in the year, location or storm name to see everything.
Other Weather Websites:
Hurricane Computer Models. Good site for in-depth coverage and data. Go to “Computer Models” for the theoretical tracks (spaghetti lines): Find the hurricane you want to check and then click on “computer models”. These are the various models they use to judge where the storm is most likely to go.
Good site with radar images. When you get there go to the “Beta Site” under “Atlantic Tropical Status” then check out the VIS loop and IR loop in the storm you want to see.
Good site with lots of great info. Shows 2004 storm tracks. Some parts free and some subscriber services.
- Crown Weather
Great site with lots of misc. maps and links.
Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of Florida and Eastern Gulf. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc. From the National Data Buoy Center.
- University of South Florida Comps
Similar to the previous site above but more stations in the Gulf and West Florida. Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of the Eastern Gulf, Florida Keys, West Florida, Tampa Bay area. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc.
Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of the Carolinas, Georgia, NE Florida. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc. From the National Data Buoy Center.
Military Web site with a wealth of information, great tracks, but requires a lot of poking around to find what you want. Enter the Public Web Site area, unless, of course, you have a DoD Certificate.