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More than 150 years of hurricane activity on one map. Courtesy: NOAA

More than 150 years of hurricane activity on one map. Courtesy: NOAA


Digital writers
theweathernetwork.com

Monday, September 16, 2013, 5:41 PM -

NOAA satellites act as quiet eyes in the sky, tracking severe storms.

Check out NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks, a free, online tool that showcases more than 150 years of hurricane landfalls, through to 2012.


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Users are invited to pan across the map and search for individual storms.

All the big Hurricanes are logged - from Hurricane Katrina, which barreled through the Bahamas and the U.S. Gulf Coast, costing $125 million in damage, to Sandy, the 2012 superstorm that virtually shut down Manhattan last October.

The landfall tracks are colour-coded, based on the severity of the hurricane.

"In addition to showing tracks of storms, the site provides insight on the increasing numbers of U.S. citizens and infrastructure at risk from hurricanes, detailing population changes for U.S. coastal counties from 1900 to 2000," NOAA adds.

Visit the NOAA website to try out the interactive map.

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