Now available in the Google Chrome store, Uber weather (think weather on steroids). To check it out you can also fire up your Google chrome browser and hit http://uberweather.com/ for an awesome experience and be sure to hit the snow icon to see all the places nearby where you can find some snow! See more in this blog post
Amazing that already we’re headed into September and with that another hurricane season is upon us (I’ve always been somewhat of a hurricane tracker since my days living on the Gulf Coast). Hard to believe that it’s been 7 years since Hurricanes Katrina And Rita and get this, during that time FEMA has spent some $19 billion in rebuilding and recovery in Louisiana State. This financial update has been provide by FEMA.
To assist in rebuilding disaster-damaged public infrastructure, FEMA’s Public Assistance Program has provided approximately $11.5 billion for the restoration of roughly 23,669 Katrina and Rita recovery projects throughout Louisiana. Such FEMA aid has enabled significant impacts across various public sectors, including approximately:
- $3.9 billion for education and learning facilities
- $1.1 billion for public safety facilities
- $5.4 billion for general infrastructure (e.g., roads, transportation, parks and sewerage and water facilities)
- $1.1 billion for health care facilities
For more info see the seventh anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Rita: www.fema.gov/la7year .
This image is worth 1,000 words! Vertical profile shows where the city of New Orleans is positioned relative to Lake Ponchaltrain and the Mississippi River (Source: flhurricane.com)
Created by IDV Solutions using some 50+ years of historical hurricane track data, this animation walks you through hurricane season from 1951-2011. About the 3 minute clip… Animation shows the annual migration of tornadoes northward throughout the season. Brightness of the track is tied to tornado severity. See more about the effort on the IDV blog
Are you a mobile developer or perhaps a would-be mobile developer? If so then take note of the new mobile iPad app from Accuweather – a fine example of how to deliver an awesome user experience! Accuweather has done all the right things here, right from the get go at point of purchase where they have made available a free (ad supported) and premium version of their latest app – the Pro version is just 99 cents, the perfect price point!
Accuweather has made the app fun and simple to use. A scrollable calendar feature lets the user touch the calendar and scroll in a circular motion to view the forecast for selected days. The graphics used are very nice, ads are non-intrusive yet effective (and relevant) and the options are pretty impressive. Like any good app, Accuweather is location-aware, providing the user with relevant information and data for your area. Additionally, a handy map display is also provided where you can easily view a real-time radar map and even play it forward using the animation feature. If you happen to be a weather fanatic there’s also a handy news feed providing the latest weather related breaking news (like hurricane information and storm threats). For those of you in hurricane country there’s a tab specifically for viewing hurricane updates and related news and a social tab brings up all the Accuweather related social media updates from facebook and Twitter.
Kudos to Accuweather on this update… I’ll be coughing up the extra $ for the Pro version on this one simply because you’ve done such a great job and I’m a fan of supporting developers!
See More in the iTunes store by searching “Accuweather” and See also AccuWeather Launches New iPad App
I find this tornado and hail risk incident report from CoreLogic to be pretty interesting. Obviously being in tornado alley can be a bit risky but it seems that most tornado damage is now taking place outside of the area known as tornado alley! The report discusses the impact of record-breaking hazard events across the country over the last year for insurance companies and homeowners, and provides greater insight into the extent of severe tornado and hail risk in geographic regions far beyond the Great Plains states.
Some interesting observations noted in the report include:
- of the top ten states with the highest number of tornado touchdowns between 1980 and 2009, only three actually fell within Tornado Alley
- At least 26 states have some area facing extreme tornado risk
- Estimated property damage within the Tornado Alley states from 2000-2011 was approximately $2.5 billion, while in comparison, the 16 states located outside of Tornado Alley with the next highest numbers of tornado touchdowns totaled nearly $15.5 billion
- At least 11 states have significant areas facing extreme hail risk, and almost every state east of the Rocky Mountains has some area facing a moderate or higher level of hail risk
New maps really need to be drawn and “tornado alley” now ideally should cover over half of the USA! see more in this official news announcement about the report
Ever since the day a couple of years ago when I watched a tornado (F4) blow through the town of Windsor Colorado, about 1 mile from my home, I’ve had much interest in the topic of tornados and storm chasing. And so, I’m glad to share with you some of the latest storm related research to come to light, this from CDS Business Mapping. The company has compiled a top 10 list of the most tornado prone metro areas (greater than 50,000 pop) of the USA – topping the list, Denver, Colorado!
Online, the following top ten tornado prone metro-areas (population 50,000 plus) are as follows:
1.) Denver, CO*
2.) Hialeah, FL
3.) Miami, FL
4.) Hollywood, FL
5.) Aurora, CO
6.) Houston, TX
7.) Commerce City, CO
8.) Tampa, FL
9.) St. Petersburg, FL
10.) North Little Rock, AR
*Not downtown but a rural area to the northeast.
FYI, according to CDS, In the first six months of 2011 alone, there were approximately 1,600 tornadoes that caused an estimated $10 billion dollars worth of insured property damage, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
You may be aware that there’s currently a massive cyclone bearing down on Northern Queensland, Australia – just what they need on the heels of the massive flooding that’s affected the region recently! I’ve been following tweets from the region via the storm hashtag #Yasi and in doing so have come across some interesting graphics and imagery. One interesting graphic from a news publication puts the size of the storm cell in perspective for Americans. See below the storm as seen on top of the continental USA. For more similar graphics see this report from news.com.au
Looking for weather updates? Here’s another reminder about a great resource recently launched from WeatherUnderground – full screen weather. The app enables users any place in the world to quickly zoom in on the Google Maps interface to view the most granular data available from Weather Underground’s unmatched network of over 16,000 personal weather stations before zooming out and scrolling across the world to view the weather conditions affecting friends and family. This product is ideas for viewing on touch screen devices such as the Apple iPad.
Launched in an effort to make weather tracking easier and more interactive, fullscreenweather.com also allows users to select and view a high-resolution precipitation layer (radar) or cloud layer (satellite) plotted on the map—both of which can be animated. Additionally, severe weather alerts that have been issued for the locations in view on the map are displayed in the bottom corner of the screen and can be clicked upon to view the full alert weather statement. Very handy!
Are you still jumping to weather.com for weather updates?? IF so STOP IT and check out Weatherunderground. the latest update from the team is the new, fullscreenweather, a service optimized for iPad – although you can use it on any PC! Hit weatherunderground and you get a nice map, then enter your ZIP code to be taken to a local view. then you can quickly access temperatures, precipitation, 5 day forecasts, switch map views to map/satellite, terrain etc… very nice. See more details in their latest PR or check out fullscreenweather.com
An update comes our way from Andrei at uMapper as they have recently rolled out a cool UMapper feature. Users can now create real-time weather maps with animated radar, temperatures and forecasts. Simply zoom on your location of choice and click on the auto-updated temperature layer to get current conditions and forecasts in that area. In addition, you can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius to update the display. More details available HERE