What's the weather like in the ports I'm visiting?
Is there a tropical storm approaching?
How do I learn more about being prepared?
Answers to these questions and more ...
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Imagine you are driving down the road and your phone emits a very strange sound. The skies are dark ahead - could that be a warning? You pull off the road to read the text and sure enough there's a tornado reported in your area.
We've had this happen to us while driving through Tennessee one December. We'd just left the restaurant, thought we could make it to our destination before the next storm cell approached, but we were wrong - it was heading our way. We were lucky enough to know the area and were able to pull off the road and take shelter inside a nearby store until the storm passed.
Read more about the WEA system and how it works (click here or image)
Topics covered in this article:
Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tsunamis, Tides & Currents; Volcano Eruptions
Cruise lines will do everything to keep passengers and crew safe. A cruise is rarely canceled because of weather, even hurricanes. The cruise lines monitor progress of any storms both in their main offices and onboard the vessels. They work closely with the various weather services, such as NOAA and NHC, to make determinations about itinerary deviations.
Hurricanes (Season starts June 1st)
Climate Prediction Center (CPC) meteorologists and oceanographers review climate and weather observations and data along with model results; assess their meaning, significance, and current status; and likely future climate impacts. Their findings are issued as assessments, advisories, special outlook discussions, and bulletins.
Hurricane season goes from June 1st through November. We will publish outlook and storm-specific articles to assist you in your cruise planning and travels. The links here can be useful for up to the minute information. What is a hurricane?
Hurricane Preparedness Week occurs each May.
A Hurricane Preparedness Web site has been launched by NOAA. The goal of this Web site is to inform the public about the hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take ACTION. This information can be used to save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water.
National Hurricane Center (NHC) Active Storms
NASA Hurricane Tracking NASA Hurricane Education
Useful Web Sites for Tropical Storm Information
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|Hurricane Educational Sites|
recover & rebuild
FEMA Hurricane Info
NASA Hurricane Education
|Hurricane & Tropical Weather Monitoring|
Weather alerts, historical data, outlooks
National Weather Service
Eastern Pacific Cyclone Activity
Atlantic Cyclone Activity
Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook
|learn about historical tropical cyclones|
|Rip Current Safety Tips|
A tropical storm in the West Pacific, when it intensifies, becomes a Typhoon. A typhoon is a tropical storm with sustained winds in excess of 119 km/h or approximately 74 mph. If the same storm were in the Atlantic, it would be called a hurricane.
- Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) Tokyo - Typhoon Centre
- Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track
- Hong Kong Observatory (Tropical Cyclone Track)
- WMO Severe Weather Information Centre
- Joint Typhoon Warning Center
- NRL Monterey Marine Meteorology Division (Code 7500) Tropical Cyclone Page
- Tropical RAMSDIS Online (Satellite Images)
- Canadian Hurricane Centre
- Chart Converting Zulu Time to Local Time Example: 301500Z = 11:00 AM EDT on the 30th
A tsunami is a series of long ocean waves. Each individual wave crest can last 5 to 15 minutes or more and extensively flood coastal areas. The danger can continue for many hours after the initial wave as subsequent waves arrive. As we've seen recently, these can be spawned by major earthquakes, such as the one in Chile.
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- U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
- West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
- Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre
- International Tsunami Information Center
- Japan Meterology Agency
- NOAA Tsunami Page (Chile event Feb 27, 2010)
DART® (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis)
Tides & Currents
- NOAA CO-OPS - Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
- NOS Tide Data - High Water data, Alerts, state and regional data
- Tide & Current Predictor - University of SC data
- National Data Buoy Center - real-time data from NDBC
- Marine Prediction Center - Ocean Prediction Center products
- Naval Oceanography Portal - public access
- Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres (VAAC) - location and movement of clouds of volcanic ash
- National Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) - UK Air Navigation Services Provider
- EUROCONTROL Air Traffic Control
- Iceland Volcanoes - Eruption histories of the volcanoes of Iceland
- British Geological Survey (BGS)
- Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland
- More information from NOAA about volcanoes
- Volcanism Blog
- EUMETSAT - Monitoring weather and climate from space (volcanic ash page)
- NASA Earth Observatory - images, stories, discoveries about climate and the environment
- SI / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report - published Wednesday
- Latest U.S. Volcano Alerts and Updates - Volcano Hazards Program (VHP)
- Volcano Hazards - volcano education: types of hazards