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62 What computer software is available for tracking tropical cyclones?




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This article is from the Storms FAQ, by Chris Landsea landsea@aoml.noaa.gov with numerous contributions by others.

62 What computer software is available for tracking tropical cyclones?

(Descriptions kindly provided by Tom Berg and via the authors. Note that
this does not constitute an endorsement of any product. "Low $"
indicates less than $50, "Medium $" indicates between $50-$100,
and "High $" indicates more than $100.)

1. HURRTRAK (Windows-based) --- shareware, semi-functional available on
Compuserve in Aviation and Weather Channel forums. Also on AOL. It is
also available through the WeatherNet:
http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/software.html
The company is PC Weather Products
P.O. Box 72723
Marietta, GA 30007-2723
770-953-3506
800-605-2230
Email: wxperson@pcwp.com
Web: http://www.pcwp.com
They primarily market their professional versions (high $), but still
provide a hobbyist edition (medium $). The professional software allows
for many additional capabilities such as plotting county lines & roadways,
more detailed charts, detailed impact reports as well as animation and
strike probabilities. See their WEB site at http://www.pcwp.com for more
information.

2. STORM (DOS-based) ------ shareware, semi-functional available on AOL.
The company is Utopia Software
P.O. Box 420324
Houston, TX 77242
They offer a regular (low $) and enhanced version (medium $). What the
enhanced offers special is the ability to enter and plot the forecasted
positions from the NHC and to include offshore platforms or ships
positions on the charts.

3. FORCE12 (Windows) ---- shareware, semi-functional available on Compuserve
in Aviation and Weather Channel forums and AOL.
The company is Epperson Computing
P.O. Box 1094
Baytown, TX 77522-1094
There is only one version (low $).

4. MERLIN (DOS) ----- shareware, semi-functional available on Compuserve in
Aviation and Weather Channel forums. The company is T.M. Parker
P.O. Box 1431
La Porte, TX 77572
There is only one version (low $).

5. GCANES (DOS) ----- shareware, semi-functional available on Compuserve in
Aviation forum. The company is Robert Terwilliger
2398 SW 22nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33145
There is only one version (low $).

6. HURRICANE FORECASTER (DOS) - shareware, semi-functional available on AOL.
The company is Craig Rorrer
3809 Iola Ct.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
There is only one version (low $).

7. HURRICANE TRACKER (Windows) -- shareware, semi-functional available on
Compuserve forum Aviation. The company is Nicheware
P.O. Box 1312
Summerville,SC 29484-1312
There is only one version (low $).

8. HURRICANE WATCH! (Windows) --- shareware, semi-functional available on
Compuserve forum Aviation and AOL. The company is SeaBorne Systems
414 Long Leaf Acres Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28405
There is only one version (low $).

9. TRACKEYE (Windows) ----- shareware, semi-functional available on
Compuserve forums Aviation and Weather Channel.
The company is GenCode Technologies
7907 N. Rome Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
There is only one version (low $).

10. TRAKHUR (DOS) --- I only found it advertised in Weatherwise magazine.
The company is Bryan Lambeth, PE
Hurricane Research Srvc
P.O. Box 181032
Austin, TX 78718
There is a regular version (low $) and the TRAKHUR PRO version (medium $).

11. TRACKER (DOS) -- again, I found it through Weatherwise.
The company is OceanSoft Inc.
P.O. Box 1224
Largo, FL 34649
TRACKER (medium $) also includes something unique called Mapper, this
allows you to build your own maps of any ocean and will show the map in
Mercator, Azimuthal, and spread types.

12. WINSTORM --- shareware (no cost), semi-functional available on
Compuserve forum Aviation and AOL. The company is Ingramation
2437 Bay Area Blvd.
Suite 349
Houston, TX 77058

13. MCHURRICANE -- a hurricane tracking program for the Macintosh,
posted on AOL, along with several shareware (low $) CDs.
The company is William I. Chenault
149 Country Club Rd
Shalimar, FL 32579
(904)-651-2276

 

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