Hurricane survival apps to keep you safe from the storm

Hurricane survival apps to keep you safe from the storm

Summary: Here's what you can do after you hear all the chatter about a hurricane that's rapidly approaching.


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  • The SSEC’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) TROPIC web site, which you can access on any PC or tablet. Jim likes this site because frequently he is using only 3G service and he is able to access a large amount of data quickly without a large download payload.

    Like NOAA, TROPIC has a huge wealth of information and you want to make sure your browser has pop up blocking disabled, otherwise you will not be able to click on any of the links which spawn new tabs or new browser windows.

  • The SSEC’s Geostationary Satellite Images site, which shows high-resolution animated satellite images from several different weather satellites in Flash or Javascript, depending on what type of device you are using.

  • Described as “The ultimate radar application for the iPad” Radarscope (iOS, $9.99) is an extremely sophisticated, real-time doppler radar app for iOS that completely exploits the new Retina display of the third-generation iPad.

    It features the ability to select from dozens of long-range doppler radar stations and get data in real-time and also gives you severe weather alerts which you can click on and focus on a particular dangerous weather area.

Topic: iPad


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Hurricane software

    I've used Hurricane Software's tools for many, many years. I find it to be very well done, and quite timely. I now also have their iOS version. I'm not sure which I would use otherwise; I simply don't have the urge to replace their stuff.
  • You do't need an app

    Just stay away from the GOP Convention center. God's pissed at the GOP and most of the damage from this storm is going to be limited to the general vicinity of the convention.