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I. Introduction

Development of the Tropical Cyclone Forecaster Website was under the WMO TCP Sub-Project No. 24 which was established in response to a recommendation from IWTC-IV (Haikou, Hainan, China, 1998) and IWTC-V (Cairns, Australia, 2002).

The Purpose or Objective of the Web site was to provide a plaform that will serve as a source that tropical cyclone forecasters can access to obtain forecasting tools concerning tropical cyclone development, motion, intensification, wind distribution, and analysis using both conventional data sources and remote sensing sources. It will contain techniques and best practices from tropical cyclone forecast centers that could be adapted by other forecast centers or National Meteorological Centers.

2. Training and Training Documentation

In this section, you will find list of past, present and future TCP training events (including link to available documentation), and available TC RSMC Training Documentations as well as some links to new techniques, tools and case studies, e.g. some e-material and presentations in RSMC Miami.

In addition, a web based training by MetEd can be accessed.

3. WMO Technical Publication on Tropical Cyclones

You will find on these pages WMO Technical Reports and Publications, including the Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting.

       *     Operational Plans/Manual

The purpose of operational plans/manuals are to enhance the cooperative efforts of Members within WMO regions in carrying out their role in the preparation and issuance of forecasts, advisories and warnings of all tropical cyclones affecting their forecast area of responsibility. Tropical Cyclone advisories issued by Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres with activity specialization in tropical cyclone analysis, tracking and forecasting are explained and examples provided.

       *     Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting

The Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting is a collection of materials from the IWTC-I and IWTC-II to complement the theoretical and descriptive content of the “Global view of Tropical Cyclones.”  It also serves as a valuable forecast reference and is planned to undergo an evolutionary revision.

       *     Guidelines For Converting Between Various Wind Averaging Periods
              in Tropical Cyclone Conditions
(WMO/TD No. 1555)

4. Advisory and Warning Centres

You may find operational tropical cyclone advisories and warning information from WMO Severe Weather Information Centre.

5. Observational and Products Data

From here, you may find some current observational data. This section includes links to sites providing observational data and their derivatives, and NWP model products etc. Please note that some may be experimental products. Please also note that some links may be password protected.

TC Rainfall Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Data that impacted USA
Ensemble Tropical Rainfall Potential (eTRAP)
El Nino and Railfall
Satellite Observation CIRA Operational Page
CIMSS Page on Tropical Cyclones
Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential by NOAA and Australia
Microwave Imagery NRL TC Page or FNMOC Satellite Data Tropical Cyclone Page
Scatterometer Data NRL TC Page
Remote Sensing Systems for currently Active TCs
NESDIS Satellite Products Multiplatform Tropical Cyclone Surface Winds Analysis (MTCSWA)


FNMOC Ensembles

NCEP Ensembles
Canadian Ensembles

NWP for TC Prediction

ECMWF Model Products (Password Protected)

UK Model
GFS Model
NCEP model data
Other Models (Technical Summary)
Dvorak Technique Advanced Dvorak Technique ADT
CIMSS AMSU Intensity (Explanation)
Upper-Air Data University of Wyoming Upper Air Sounding Data
National Climate Data Centre Upper-Air Data
Real Time Skew T-Log P Diagrams for North America or USA and its vicinity
New Zealand Upper Air Data
Misc. MCC
  TUTT Assisting Cyclogenesis
  Multi-weeK TC Forecasting for Southern Hemisphere

Seasonal Outlooks for 2010 Hurricane Season:

North Atlantic and Eastern Pacific


6. Tropical Cyclone Research

In this section, you will find links to websites on recent progress on tropical cyclone research and NOAA's Hurricane Research.

7. TC Archive

You find TC Summary Reports and/or Best Track Data from here

8. Weather Event Discussion

An international email discussion group can be joined by going there for severe weather occurrences like tropical cyclones.







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