Why a Blog?

During a hurricane or other tropical cyclone event, we understand that information can be aimed at you like a firehose.  You probably ask yourself, “What does all of this mean?”  Some questions you might find yourself asking:

  • If I’m outside of the cone of uncertainty, does that mean I’m ok?
  • Where can I go to see if I’m in an evacuation zone?
  • What does the National Hurricane Center mean when they say “conditions are favorable for development?”
  • How am I supposed to use wind speed and storm surge probabilities?

These are just a sample of the types of questions you may have.  We can’t answer every question all at once, but we can at least try to tackle some of the concerns that we hear from people like you.  Contrary to what is shown in the cartoon, we don’t want to engage in “pointless, incessant barking.”  We want to provide you with interesting and educational material that you can use.  That’s the purpose of this blog.

You get hurricane forecasts from us and other National Weather Service offices, but the purpose of the forecast products is just to disseminate information.  Most of the time, they do not provide explanation of terminology or tell you how you can use the information.  Here’s where we think this blog can be useful:

  1. To explain how to interpret NHC forecast products
  2. To show you what you can do to prepare for a hurricane
  3. To introduce new products

You will see posts by various people from NHC, but sometimes we might also have guest bloggers talk about other issues related to hurricanes, tropical weather, and marine weather.  In the end, we want you to be prepared and know what to do next time you see this in the sky!