'Historical Hurricane Tracks' Updated for 2009

Innovative Tool Allows Anyone to Easily View Over 150 Years of Storm Paths, Population Trends, Storm History for Any Location

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Historical Hurricane Tracks in action. This screenshot shows all category 1-5 hurricanes that approached within 65 kilometers of Wilmington, North Carolina, between 1851-2009.

Coastal Population Chart

Historical Hurricane Tracks also provides population data. Knowing how many people live, work, and vacation in a coastal community is imperative for planning and conducting emergency response and recovery activities. As populations increase in hazard-prone areas, the protection of people, property, and natural resources becomes more complex. Viewing population and storm data together will help minimize uncertainties and empower communities to become better prepared to deal with meteorological hazards.

An updated NOAA website lets everyone from reporters to city planners track local historical storm activity, review specific storm tracks and obtain information about a particular storm's landfall. NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks website and mapping application generates customized, downloadable maps based on more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane data.

The Historical Hurricane Tracks tool, developed by NOAA's Coastal Services Center in partnership with the National Hurricane Center, allows users to search by U.S. zip code, state or county, storm name or year, or latitude and longitude points. With the search results, users can generate a map showing the storm track accompanied by a table of related information.

The site includes tropical cyclone data and information on coastal county hurricane strikes through 2009. It also features a searchable database of population changes versus hurricane strikes for U.S. coastal counties from 1900 to 2000 and includes detailed reports on the life history and effects of U.S. tropical cyclones since 1958.

For more information:

Historical Hurricane Tracks | Coastal Services Center | National Hurricane Center