Editors' reviewThis user-friendly application provides basic information about hurricanes both past and present. When you launch Hurricane Watch, you'll see a map that's centered on the East Coast of the United States, though you can zoom in to see specific states or out to view the entire planet. A toolbar helps you navigate the globe, but you'll do most of your important work via the FindStorms menu item. Once there, you'll locate hurricanes by specifying different criteria, including wind speed, location, month, and year. Then you simply select the storm you want to learn about, and the application will map it for you, displaying its path and wind speed at various times. You will find a few tools for customizing the appearance of the interface, including one that lets you add your own locations to the map. Science buffs, storm chasers, and users with an interest in meteorology are bound to find Hurricane Watch a valuable resource.
With this easy method for recording and displaying hurricane information, storm tracks are displayed on a world-view, high-resolution globe on which you can easily zoom in to any location. Bearing, distance, and ETA to any geographic location can be instantly displayed. The globe display also can be used as a general geographic aid for countries, cities, states, rivers, and lakes. A database of all Atlantic hurricanes from 1950 through 2001 is included, and you can easily get updates on current storms via FTP.