Understanding and Using the Tropical Cyclone Layer

Tomorrow.io Team
Tomorrow.io Team
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Tropical Cyclones in the Platform

Tomorrow.io's platform enhances global tropical cyclone tracking by utilizing data from two major centers based on their geographic areas of responsibility. For cyclones in the Central Pacific, Eastern Pacific, and Atlantic, the platform incorporates forecasts from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). For cyclones affecting other parts of the world, it integrates track and intensity forecasts from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). This approach ensures comprehensive and accurate cyclone tracking coverage worldwide.

Visualizing Tropical Cyclones

The platform features a tropical cyclones layer that enables visualization of official tropical cyclone forecast tracks, cones of uncertainty, intensity forecasts, and past track details. This layer is designed to assist users in identifying potential impacts on their operations or assets, whether these are situated along the predicted track or within the cone of uncertainty.

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Detailed Cyclone Tracking Information

The layer provides detailed information on observed and forecasted conditions, including maximum sustained winds, sea level pressure, speed and direction of movement, and wind gusts. This real-time data is crucial for operational planning and risk management.

Wind Swath Visualization

The wind swath conveys the expected areal coverage of 34 knot, 50 knot, and 64 knot sustained winds (based on the NHC forecast) that are directly produced by the tropical cyclone as it moves along the forecast track. The NHC advisories and wind swath product cover up to 5 days (120 hours) of forecast positions from the time an advisory is issued.

*The wind swath probability is currently available only in the U.S. 

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Integrating Severe Weather Insights

Users can enhance their situational awareness by integrating the tropical cyclones layer with severe weather advisories available on our platform. This provides a fuller picture of weather-related risks.

For more details or assistance with using the tropical cyclone tracking features, please contact your account team or send an email to support@tomorrow.io.

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