The National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center has a vital role in identifying, tracking and forecasting hurricanes, and in providing information to improve our understanding of these giants of severe weather.

Because like it or not, Hurricanes present the greatest weather threat to a large proportion of the world's population, many of whom know them by the names Typhoon or Tropical Cyclone. No matter where they occur, or what they are called, they can cause great loss of life and property damage, as we know only too well from the triple whammy oflate 2005, Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

You can find a wide range of information at the Hurricanes Page.

Hurricanes can't be prevented, but they can be prepared for if we know where they are, where they are heading for, and how strong they are likely to be. And in the USA, theNational Hurricane Center (NHC) is there to provide allthat necessary information, and much much more.

Here is a short article by Margaret Tustle which will give you a good idea of the whys and the hows of the NHC. If you want to use this article yourself you should contact, whose address is at the end.


The National Hurricane Center - Prevent, Prepare, Protect!

The National Hurricane Center - Prevent, Prepare, Protect!
By Margarette Tustle

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) not only tracks hurricanes, makes forecasts based on their predictions, but they also are in existence to education the government and general public about hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center has been busy for the last few years with some of the worst, most devastating hurricanes in recorded history! The National Hurricane Center website is a great source of information. The website has the National Hurricane Center forecasts, hurricane history, and other miscellaneous links you may find valuable on hurricane related topics.

NHC Mission Statement

The NHC mission statement is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, and by increasing understanding of these hazards. It is important for you to pay attention when you hear alerts, watches, and warnings provided by this official hurricane organization. By listening to information given and the official National Hurricane Center concern behind it, you will be able to make education decisions on preparing for a hurricane, preventative damage, and protecting your family.

Lessons To Be Learned From Past Hurricanes

People are familiar with the devastation levels and destruction levels caused by large hurricanes, such as Katrina, Camille, and Andrew. The devastation resulted in the loss of life, as well as property damage that was/is/continues to be so extensive it may take the economy decades to fully or partly recover. The National Hurricane Center was in the position to warn the area residents of the situation, and the preventative precautions. Of course, there is no stopping a hurricane, so the National Hurricane Center gives the government leaders (local, state, and national), as well as the people in the areas of severity, important information. The official evacuation orders are based partly on this information from the National Hurricane Center.

What can be learned from past hurricanes? We can see that hurricane protection should be designed and developed into city buildings and housing plans. Some people choose to live in hurricane prone areas, so caution should be exercised to make sure these people are education to the dangers and potential disastrous outcomes if a hurricane were to directly hit. The NHC is a resource that should be used and utilized by the government and other agencies, as well as by individuals for information. The National Hurricane Center has information on building and planning that is helpful in hurricane proofing.

Research On Your Own

If you are interested in the science behind the hurricane, the National Hurricane Center website is a great resource for you to reference to. There is information on a wide array of hurricane topics, such as deadliest hurricanes, the history of hurricanes, and the science of a hurricane. The website also provides information on hurricane hunters; provides you with actual satellite imagery; forecasts; and you can learn about the hurricane measurement scale, the Safir-Simpson, that is used by scientists to measure hurricane strength.

Protect The Future, Learn From The Past

History has shown us hundreds of thousands of lives that have been shattered or lost as a result from the devastation a hurricane can bring. There are some who will continue to ignore official warnings and neglect preparations, and there are some who will take heed to the advice. Hurricanes cannot be controlled, but we can control how we respond to them and prepare for them. The NHC technology systems are progressing, so keep an eye on the storm through them and pay attention!

By Margarette Tustle. Read more about weather and resources on hurricanes by looking at

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is responsible for the western North Atlantic Ocean, the CaribbeanSea and Gulf of Mexico in the east, and the eastern North Pacific Ocean to the west of the USA.

But what happens if you live in Hawaii, or in the islands in thewestern Pacific administered by the USA (or anywhere nearby or in between).

No problems, because similar organizations keep a close watch onhurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones in these areas.

The most important of these are the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC), and theJoint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

Both of these are based in Hawaii, the latter being run by the US Navy

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Last update 05/28/2011