Monday, November 20, 2017
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Waiting to see where Irma goes? These websites will keep you in the know

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As Hurricane Irma twirls furiously toward Florida in the Caribbean, it's a waiting game to see where the massive storm will go. In the meantime, we've curated a list of interactive weather websites sure to hook even the biggest weather nerds.

Creator of Earth, Cameron Beccario, has deemed his website "a visualization of global weather conditions." Raw data — like wind speed, temperature and wave height — is transformed into an informational picture of the globe updated every three hours by "supercomputer" forecasters. Users can rotate and zoom in and out of the interactive graphic, as well pinpoint areas of storms, like Irma and the closely trailing Jose, for more specific information.

Windy uses Beccario's code, so it is similar in the way it translates data into a visual. But it takes things a few steps further. Not only can users see current conditions, but also future predictions by using a sliding date and time scale. For example, while Irma was shown far off the coast of Florida on Wednesday, predictions for the weekend show it atop the northeast coast of the state.

The National Weather Service may seem like an obvious source for hurricane information, but within the agency's site is a goldmine — the area forecast discussion. Almost like a look into a meteorologist's notebook, the site provides thorough reasoning behind each forecast, making it the perfect stop for users interested in the nitty gritty details of a storm.

The design of Mike's Weather Page, a trusted weather source since 2004, might look like a blast from the past, but it's a useful tool. The website is blog-style, offering a slew of predictive weather posts and various styles of graphics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Another solid source for updates on Irma and is Ventusky, a site that uses "colours (that) correspond with the feeling that the given weather phenomena evokes" to show changes in precipitation, air pressure and temperature. The name of program is a combination of two words; the first, the Latin word "Ventus," meaning wind, and the second being the English word "sky."

Of course, for year-round weather radar on the go, download the tbo Weather Center app. Users can see everything from video and photo to hourly updates to forecasts 10 days ahead. For severe weather warnings, enable pop-up alerts.

Contact Megan Reeves at mreeves@tampabay.com. Follow @mareevs.

   
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