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NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks

Online tool displays more than 150 years of historical hurricane landfalls

August 27, 2013
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Historical Hurricane Tracks allows users to search by place name, storm name or year, or latitude and longitude points. With the search results, users can generate a map showing the track of the storm or storms accompanied by a table of related information.

NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks, a free online tool, now includes all 2012 global hurricanes.

The site, developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center in partnership with NOAA's National Hurricane Center and National Climatic Data Center, offers data and information on coastal county hurricane strikes through 2012. It also provides links to detailed reports on the life histories and effects of U.S. tropical cyclones since 1958, with additional U.S. storm paths traced as far back as 1851. The site contains global hurricane data from as far back as 1842.

Of note, the online tool now incorporates the path of and details on Hurricane Sandy. Barreling up the U.S. Atlantic coast, the super storm made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012.  It was one of the costliest storms in American history, affecting parts of 24 states, and killing scores of people. Total U.S. damage estimates from the storm exceed $50 billion.

In addition to showing tracks of storms, the site provides insight on the increasing numbers of U.S. citizens and infrastructure at risk from hurricanes, detailing population changes for U.S. coastal counties from 1900 to 2000.


As coastal populations continue to grow, so too has the number of storms with multi-billion dollars in damages to coastal infrastructure and property. Nine of the top ten costliest hurricanes in U.S. history have occurred in the past nine years.