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

63 Where can I get historical data of tropical cyclones?

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THE BEVEN REPORTS ;-)

For unofficial near-real time summaries of global tropical cyclone
activity, Jack Beven of the USA National Hurricane Center/Tropical
Prediction Center produces these on a weekly basis and has done so for
over three years. Text copies of past weekly summaries can be retrieved
via the Web at: <http://groundhog.sprl.umich.edu/iww/tropics>. If you'd
like to obtain these near-real time summaries directly, simply email
Jack at: beven@nhc.noaa.gov and ask him to start sending you the
summaries. Note however that these are already posted on
sci.geo.meteorology and WX-TALK.

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FREE DATA

ftp hrd-type42.nhc.noaa.gov [140.90.176.206]
Atlantic basin tropical storm and hurricane best track data, 1886-1996.
Every 6 hour intensity and position information in an ASCII file
including a README documentation file (tra86to96.atl and README.atl).
Also, Northeast/North-central Pacific tropical storm and hurricane data
(1949-1996) are also provided (tra49to96.epc and README.epc).

Provided by landsea@aoml.noaa.gov (Chris Landsea).

http://wxp.atms.purdue.edu/hur_atlantic/

This best track information for the Atlantic has provided in seperate
images for each years by some people at Purdue University. The tracks for
the individual years have been provided in a color coded (for intensity)
format.

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NOT-FREE DATA

World Weather Disc ($295):
Monthly temp, precip, pressure, sunshine data for about 2000 world
stations for period of record. Daily weather data at hundreds of US
stations. Data for some stations on temp, precip, freeze, drought, soil
moisture, wind, storms. Frequency and movement of tropical cyclones.

Contact: Cliff Mass, Dept. of Atmos. Sci. (AK40), University of
Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. 206/685-0910.

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Global Tropical and Extratropical Cyclone Climatic Atlas (GTECCA) ($100):
This CD-ROM contains all global historic tropical storm track data
available for five tropical storm basins. Periods of record varies for
each basin, with the beginning as early as the 1870s and with 1992 at the
latest year. Northern hemispheric extratropical storm track data will be
included from 1965 to 1992. Tropical track data includes time, position,
storm stage (maximum wind, central pressure when available). The user can
display tracks, track data for any basin or user-selected geographic area,
or tracks passing within a user-defined radius of any point. Narratives
for all tropical storms for the 1980-1992 period will be included as well
as basin-wide tropical storm climatological statistics.

Contact: National Climatic Data Center, Federal Building, Asheville,
NC 28801, USA. 704/271-4800, email orders@ncdc.noaa.gov.

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Web Site Historical Data:

(Provided by Gary Gray.)

http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/tropical.html (1995 storm map)
http://grads.iges.org/pix/allhurr.html (1995 track info)
http://lumahai.soest.hawaii.edu/Tropical_Weather/tropical.shtml
http://meridian.ngdc.noaa.gov/dmsp/dmsp.html (Allison & Erin sat pix)
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ (archive data)
http://wxp.atms.purdue.edu/hur_atlantic/ (past tracks)
http://vortex.plymouth.edu/home.html (some nice past sat pix/loops)
http://www.aer.com/hurricane/hurricanes_95.html (great 1995 sat pix)
http://www.bbsr.edu/weather (nice 1995 sat pix)
http://www.fema.gov/fema/trop.html (some 1995 storm archives)
http://www.flinet.com/%7reiter (links to much past data)
http://www.gulf.net/%7Egbamonte/min_wet.htm (Erin & Opal stories)
http://www.insiders.com/boca/flweathe.htm (brief Andrew/Gordon info)
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dmsp/ols-app-hurr.html (a few old sat pix)
http://www.storm97.com (1995 and 1996 archives)
http://www.satchmo.com/nolavl/storm.html (LA storm archives)
http://www.sims.net/links/hurricane.html (1995 storm archive)
http://www.terrapin.com/hurricane/Plotter (1995 plots... needs Java)
http://www.vas-das.com/ (TONS of GOES-8 images... not just tropical)

 

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