Number 35, September 2002
Additions to SOCASP
The Historical Hurricane Tracks site contains an interactive mapping application
that allows users to query and display 150 years of Atlantic Basin tropical
cyclone data from the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Best Track
data set. The ability to plot user-defined portions of the data set and download
credible and reliable data will enhance knowledge of hurricane climatology for
any location within the Atlantic Basin. The web site includes text documents
detailing particular storm events and graphs showing historical population data
versus hurricane strikes for coastal counties from Texas to Maine.
Included on this site is a GIS-based model for estimating mainstream flood
risk in urban areas on a per address basis. Users can determine risk according
to zip code for certain areas in Australia.
Flood Damage in the United States, 1926-2000: A Reanalysis of National Weather
Service Estimates, by Roger A. Pielke, Jr., Mary W. Downton, and J. Zoe Barnard
Miller, is a reanalysis of flood damage estimates collected by the National Weather
Service (NWS) between 1925 and 2000. The flood damage estimates presented in this
website are compiled from NWS records and publications, supplemented by reports
of other federal and state agencies. The accompanying report includes an evaluation
of the accuracy of the estimates and recommendations for users of the data. When
properly used, the reanalyzed NWS damage estimates can be a valuable tool to aid
researchers and decision makers in understanding the changing character of damaging
floods in the U.S.