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The GOES Project -- "GOES" stands for Geosynchronous Operational Environmental Satellite. Very cool satellite images and movies from the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Also has a huge links list.

University of Michigan Weather Underground -- "Here, you will find access to weather imagery, current conditions, forecasts and curriculum activities aimed at K-12 classrooms."

Virtual Reality Weather Page -- From Penn State University Weather Pages, "A QuickTimeVR movie of the current (well, OK, less than 24 hours old) weather pretty much everywhere on earth."

WeatherNet -- University of Michigan's weather site has access to thousands of forecasts, images and a large collection of weather links. They also maintain a weather software archive and have several hurricane tracking programs for DOS and Windows.

Institute of Global Environment and Society -- Great up-to-date maps projecting temperature gradations, dew point, etc.

Interactive Weather Information Network (IWIN) -- From the National Weather Service. Radar & Satellite maps of flash floods, floods, special marine weather, non precipitation, severe thunderstorms, and winter storms. Plus weather videos and more.

Penn State Department of Meteorology Weather Page -- Current efforts include projects in advanced statistical forecasting, use of radar and numerical model data to improve forecasts and warnings for severe weather and heavy precipitation, and utilization of satellite-derived products in mesoscale modeling.

NOAA Network Information Center -- a good reference point for anyone interested in researching metorology, oceanography, etc.

Florida weather information

NOAA National Weather Service, Tallahassee, Florida -- Part of the NWS' Southern Region. The County Warning Area includes North Florida, Southeast Alabama, and Southwest Georgia.

P.O.R.T.S. Tampa Bay (Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System) -- Current weather conditions (tides, currents, wind) as navigational aids to Tampa Bay mariners. Useful for conditions at The Pier in St. Petersburg, just inside the Skyway and at Tampa.

Interactive Florida Weather -- Clickable Florida weather map, leading to all sorts of National Weather Service information, including weather bulletins and storm damage reports.

Emergency preparedness

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross -- Serves 2 million residents of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and East Pasco Counties, with offices in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. The American Red Cross has served the Tampa Bay area for 80 years.

The National American Red Cross -- If there's a disaster, the American Red Cross is there. This site is packed with information (searchable database) about preparing and surviving disasters. One real gem: A virtual museum, showcasing the organization's work.

Preparing For A Disaster -- FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) preparation guide for weather and other natural or unnatural disasters (like nuclear power plant emergencies.)

Severe weather

Storm Spotter's Guide -- An illustrated guide to identifying severe storms and storm safety information from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

National Weather Service National Warnings Area
This page provides immediate access to all available warnings for the United States. The page "REFRESHES" every 60 seconds to provide you the most current data.

National Severe Storms Laboratory -- in Norman, Oklahoma. Leading the way in investigations of all aspects of severe weather and involved in research/investigation into all sorts of severe weather -- their goal is to improve the nations severe weather warnings and forecasts.

Storm Prediction Center -- also in Norman, Oklahoma. The SPC monitors anf forecasts severe and non-severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, extreme winds, heavy rain and other hazardous weather phenomea across the contental USA, 24 hours of every day. It is they who decide a severe storm watch or warning or a tornado watch or warning is needed for a particular area. They issued the watch/warning/statement and then local NWS offices jump in a issue local advisories as needed.


Dr. William M. Gray's Forecasts -- Very dry academic Web site from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University.

WeatherNet Software Archive -- Download hurricane tracking programs for DOS and Windows from the University of Michigan's software archive.

McHurricane -- A storm tracker shareware program for the Macintosh that can be downloaded from the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science's HyperArchive.

Hurricane impacts on the coastal environment -- As people recovered from Hurricane Andrew, above ground, the USGS Marine and Coastal Geology Program was checking the damage below. The results: amazing.

National Hurricane Center -- in Miami, Florida. The NHC maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclone activity over the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean Sea,and the Gulf of Mexico. The Center prepares and distributes hurricane forecasts, watches, and warnings for the United States and many international interests.

Just for fun

Storm Chaser Homepage -- Or for the real thing, check out this site. It's designed by and for those sometimes crazy folks who actually spend their vacation (and even most of their lives) chasing around after tornadoes. Loaded with photos, stories and eyewitness accounts.

Today's Space Weather -- Heading to Mars this weekend? NASA forecasts the weather en route. A way-cool idea.

Official Twister home page -- Okay. So forget -- for a moment -- the movie trailers, celebrity interviews and endless self-promotion. This colorful Warner Bros. site includes lots of good information about, what else, tornadoes.

-- Compiled and reviewed by Times staff.

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