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Virtual Tour of the National Hurricane Center

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

Take a Virtual Tour of the National Hurricane Center
New Web Site Brings You Behind the Scenes

A tour of the NOAA National Hurricane
Center is now as close as your computer with the
inauguration of a new virtual online tour of the famous forecast center.

The Web site,
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/nhctour.shtml, provides
panoramic views of different areas of the
facility, accompanied by audio and text descriptions.

“This is an especially useful tool for
students who are learning about tropical cyclones
and weather forecasting,” said Bill Read,
director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center. “It
also shows how the different branches of our
facility work together for the best possible forecasts.”

Included in the virtual tour are the
National Hurricane Center operations, the
Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch operations,
the Chief Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination -
All Hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency liaison, Media & Seminar, NOAA Miami
Regional Library, and the Miami National Weather Service forecast office.

The state-of-the-art tour permits the
visitor to move around each room in a circle,
stop, back up, and zoom in. The audio feature
describes the function of each room with a text
window available for the hearing-impaired.

“The center is busiest during the
hurricane season, but is staffed every day around
the clock during the offseason as well.” said
Chris Burr, director of the Tropical Analysis and
Forecast Branch. “Visitors to the site will learn
why this is so important, especially for marine interests.”


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