Thursday, July 4
The first named storm in the Atlantic/Caribbean basin (Arthur) made landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks as a weak Category 2. Within hours it had dropped back to a Cat 1 and continued on its predicted path, which took it east of the north Atlantic seaboard.
Arthur is reportedly the first hurricane to make landfall on the 4th of July, and it was for Arthur that NHC introduced its new Storm Surge Forecast Tool. The tool, when active, is available at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/210553.shtml?inundation#contents
This Google Map-based surge graphic allows viewers to choose specific locations and drill down to the street level. It provides surge forecasts in the-foot bands. Look at the bottom of the NHC Storm Surge tool page for their feedback form. We will be interested in how this tool works for educating and motivating people in the path.
Important note from the NHC Experimental Map site:
This EXPERIMENTAL map should only be used as a general guideline for understanding where storm surge flooding could occur given the current forecast situation. Regardless of what this map shows, always follow evacuation and other instructions from your local emergency management officials.
This EXPERIMENTAL map depicts the potential flooding that could be produced from storm surge during a tropical cyclone. Storm surge is water from the ocean that is pushed onshore by the force of the winds. Flooding from storm surge depends on many factors, such as the track, intensity, size, and forward speed of the tropical cyclone and the characteristics of the coastline where it comes ashore or passes nearby. These factors are difficult to predict far in advance of a hurricane affecting a particular area. This map uses the best information available at the time it is issued, including uncertainties in the track, intensity, and size forecast. It includes many assumptions and has limitations, and it cannot tell you what amount of flooding will definitely occur at any given location. Conditions and the forecast can change and will be reflected on this map with each new full NHC advisory (but not special advisories). The actual areas that could become flooded may differ from the areas shown on this map. This map accounts for tides, but not waves and not flooding caused by rainfall.
Resource Requests and Response Notes
Requests for assistance for the 2014 season will be posted on the Hurricane Current Requests page. None have been received yet.
Requests from prior seasons are moved to the Resources Collected page.
If you are participating in hurricane response and recovery efforts, including assisting Extension in affected states, please send in a Response Note.
Select Hurricanes 2014 as the event name.
Facts and Tracking
Watch the National Hurricane Center Forecast RSS feed at the bottom of this page for NOAA warnings and a look at emerging systems.
Visit FEMA to find Presidential declarations.
NOAA's Quicklook shows the predicted 5-day track and warning cone, the potential extent of tropical storm force winds, hydrographs for the tide stations that would be within the potential-impacted area, and the current National Hurricane Center advisory information (text format, under “Storm Analysis”).
StormPulse.com: EDEN has previously used and referred users to the free, private (non-governmental) Web site "StormPulse.com" to obtain interactive, graphic presentation of data from NHC and several other sources. In 2012, the providers of this site converted it to a commercial subscription service. StormPulse is providing free access to the site for educators. Use this link to apply: https://stormpulse.wufoo.com/forms/stormpulse-for-educators/
EDEN Helps Now!
Virginia M. White (AL), International Member Liaison, and Pete Barcinas (Guam) are co-leading the EDEN effort to assist Bicol. Leilani Pavilando, the director of the Extension Service at Bicol, has indicated they are gathering cash and in kind donations to send to the affected areas and they are gearing up to help deal with the emotional trauma of the event. We have not received a request from them for other information at this time, but they know we stand ready to help.
Information about International donations began circulating and a web page was developed to share the considerable experience of our delegates in this area. The first product of that effort was published November 15, 2013, in the Resilient Communities section of EDEN Families and Communities.