AOML/Hurricane Research Division
We offer a number of informational flyers to the public covering a range of
subjects, including hurricane aircraft, tracking charts, and storm mitigation.
These can be downloaded and printed for handouts at hurricane-related public
Although we urge everyone to install certified hurricane shutters on their
doors and windows, if you must resort to plywood shutters then these
instructions will offer a better installation method than nailing them over
NOAA Hurricane Seasonal Outlooks
HRD participates in NOAA's annual effort to predict the amount of tropical
cyclone activity for the coming Atlantic hurricane season. Below you will
find links to an explanation of what factors NOAA uses in formulating its
outlook as well the outlook itself and an archive of past efforts.
In the 1980s and 90s, Dr. Ted Fujita of the University of Chicago had a
contract with NOAA to produce damage analyses of U.S. landfalling hurricanes.
These analyses were printed as posters and made available to researchers.
Below are scans of these posters. The red arrows indicate the direction
of wind that caused visible debris and the length of the arrow the
estimated strength of the wind on the Fujita scale. The are also contours
with the estimated wind speed and the storm's track.