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  • Hurricanes and Tornadoes

    Hurricanes and Tornadoes


    GIJN: 10 Investigative Questions to Ask When Covering a Natural Disaster

    Poynter: What Each Hurricane Category Means

    NOAA: What is a Water Spout?

    RTDNA: Hurricane Reporter’s Checklist

    Poynter: Nine Tips to Avoid Spreading Rumors About Hurricanes

    Dart Center for Journalism: Tips for Covering Spring Storm Season

    Google Person Finder

    Google Crisis Map
    Defaults to the most recent crisis.

    Climate Central
    The site describes itself as “an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization…helping mainstream Americans understand how climate change connects to them.”

    Paid tool with a seven-day free trial. Clime has what you need to stay ahead of any weather: real-time radar images, precipitation forecasts, severe weather warnings, hurricane and lightning trackers, and accurate daily weather data.

    National Weather Service: National Tornado Fatality Map
    This image map allows you to click on states/cities where deaths occurred.

    Poynter: What Each Hurricane Category Means

    Severe Studios
    Watch storm-chaser video and live cams of storms and hurricanes online.

    The Front Page
    The blog for the American Meteorological Society.

    The Retired
    A visual history of the Atlantic’s worst hurricanes.
    Track curated tweets of Hurricane Irene. A lot of video, links, etc. Curated Tweets of Hurricane Irene

    Best Sites for Tracking Hurricane Irene

    Journalist’s Resource: Research on Climate Change and Natural Disasters

    Bradenton Herald: Category 5 Storms Making Landfall in U.S. are Rare. But Three Out of the Four Smashed Florida
    A good historical look at Category 5 storms and Florida.

    National Hurricane Center

    Storm Pulse
    Storm tracking site that features great graphics for following hurricanes, etc. Allows you to search storms by name, region, etc.
    Track progress of hurricanes.

    NOAA Storm Prediction Center
    Tracks watches and warnings for the entire United States.

    Orlando Sentinel Hurricane Resources Page

    Tropical Cyclone Names

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel Hurricane News Page

    GIJN: 10 Investigative Questions to Ask When Covering a Natural Disaster

    Video: Hurricane Preparedness PSAs
    Good tips and resources. Nice to embed into hurricane preparation guides online.

    USA Today: State Forecasts

    Tropical Storm Prediction Center

    Track storms online.

    Storm Name List

    National Geographic: Tornadoes, Explained
    Real-time lightning map.

    Media outlets use this mapping tool to display common issues in their communities like potholes, graffiti, litter, etc. Also engages and empowers their audiences. Citizens and media can display non-emergency storm damage like fallen trees, flooding, etc… Lessens burden of non-emergency calls to local gov’tss while also making important information accessible to everyone, not just local municipality.

    CNN: Seven Mobile Tools to Help You Survive Tornadoes

    Slate: Map of Killer Tornadoes Since 1950

    Hurricane and Weather Disaster Repository
    Great resources from Mark Schleifstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Mike’s Weather Page
    A great collection of weather models, radar and more.

    Houston Chronicle Hurricane Prep Guide

    An instant messaging program utilized by NWS operational personnel to share critical warning decision expertise and other types of significant weather information essential to the NWS’s mission of saving lives and property. This information is exchanged in real-time with the media and emergency response community, who in turn play a key role in communicating the NWS’s hazardous weather messages to the public.

    UNISYS Hurricane/Tropical Data
    Track charities invloved in hurricane relief.

    Hurricane and Extreme Storm Impact Studies

    Covering Insurance Industry and Climate Change Concerns
    From the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

    Journalist’s Resource: Covering Extreme Weather – What to Avoid and How to Get It Right

    How Hurricanes Work

    NASA Global Climate Change

    Central Florida Hurricane Center

    Gulf Coast Oil Platform Maps El Nino 2002 Fact Sheet

    Wall Street Journal: Every Atlantic Storm Name Since 1950

    Galveston Hurricane: 1900 (CNN)/

    Mathematics of Tsunamis
    The math and physics rules that govern them.

    Generator Safety During Storms, Floods

    Hurricane Insurance Blog Recovering from a Natural Disaster
    Report in the wake of North Carolina’s Hurricane Floyd about the difficulties people can expect to face when natural disaster strike.

    National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

    What is a Tsunami?

    Mayo Clinic: Heat Stroke

    NOAA: What is a Water Spout?

    Washington Post: Journalists want to know: Can we use your disaster photo, please?
    A good look at ethics, copyright and ownership of online content in crowdsourced, user-generated disaster photos and other content.

    National Geographic: Water Spouts

    Britannica: What Are Water Spouts?

    Blog and Java tracking maps of Gustav. Hurricane Gustav Resources

    Wikipedia: Hurricane Gustav

    Flickr: Photos and Videos of Hurricane Gustav
    Includes links to support groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Twitter: Hurricane Gustav
    Get updates on the storm from “tweets.”

    Track charities invloved in hurricane relief.

    Generator Safety During Storms, Floods


    Corpus Christi Caller-Times

    My FOX Houston

    National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Ike Hurricane Page
    FOX-based site has live radar and cameras from cities in the path of the storm.

    Gulf Coast Oil Platform Maps


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