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Hurricane Watch

By Joel Graffman Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This 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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.4

General

Release November 9, 2008
Date Added April 25, 2002
Version 2.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 53,376
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

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.