Hurricane Charley made landfall at Punta Gorda, Florida on August 13th around 20:00Z. The sudden increase in intensity, and "hard right turn" made Charley difficult to forecast accurately, and provides datasets for research into the cause of such an intensification and change of direction. This document provides the reader access to ancillary data and imagery, as well access to raw data and a client to display this data. This compound document is designed to illustrate the power of publishing via this format, and how it allows the "reader" of the document to further the analysis, see the data as the publisher saw it, and bring in other internal or external datasets to enhance the research and analysis of the event.
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SuomiNet Precipitable Water Vapor Images19:30Z 20:00Z 20:30Z
U of Maryland Track with SST's
U of Maryland Track with SST's
Unisys track image
Unisys track data
If you don't already have Webstart installed, the instructions
for doing so can be found at
The Unidata WebStart Instruction Page.
Once you have webstart running on your workstation, the IDV configured with the appropriate datasets can be started by clicking on any ONE of the following links:
You can select either individual datasets (Workstation Eta, Tamba Bay RADAR, GOES-Imagery) or select the "complete set" of data so you can integrate the datasets.
As Hurricane Charley approached the Florida coast, it amplified from a category 2 storm at 13:00Z to
a category 4 storm at 20:00Z (landfall). This view displays in 3-D, the iso surface of wind speeds of 18 m/s (~36 mph)
from 12:00Z on the 13th to 12:00Z on the 14th. The display also includes wind vectors at the 500 millibar level. The
US coastline is highlited in white, and the u component of the 10 meter winds is displayed in a contour plane view.
This is output from a workstation_eta model run over the Florida domain. To view this via the IDV select this link:
Hurricane Charley's rainfall was greatest near the eyewall, this dataset of Base Reflectivity from
Tampa Bay starting at 17:01Z to 20:57Z, shows the intense banding as it comes ashore. The temporal resolution begins
at every hour and goes to every 5 minutes starting at 19:20Z. Of course once you load the bundle, you can
manipulate the times and duration as you desire, this is the power of a compund interactive document. To view the
Tampa Bay radar products select this link:
Tampa Bay RADAR--Use this link if the IDV is already running on your machine.
Tampa Bay RADAR--Use this link if
the IDV is NOT running on your machine
Many enjoy the satellite view of a hurricane, to view the GOES-East visible 2km imagery of Charlie, select one of the following URLS..
GOES-E satellite imagery--Use this link if the IDV is already running
GOES-E satellite imagery--Use this link if the IDV is NOT already running.
Unidata WebStart Instruction Page
forecasts from NCEP national forecast and high-res. local Colorado Workstation
Ben Domenico, Jeff Weber AMS 2005
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This material is based in large part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.