CycloneCenter Participation for February 2015

Welcome to March. With another month under our belt and another milestone reached, CycloneCenter had a really good month.

Sea-breeze storms over Florida and Cuba

Sea-breeze storms over Florida and Cuba

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400,000 Classification Milestone!

milestoneCycloneCenter.org reached a milestone February 15th: its 400,000th classification! Provided by Read More…

CycloneCenter Participation for January 2015

Happy Groundhog Day! This year started off rather well and we had  Read More…

CycloneCenter Participation for October through December 2014

Happy New Year! Well, 2014 ended with a bang for CycloneCenter.org. December ended up being our busiest month since Read More…

Participate in Real Science – Help Classify Tropical Cyclone Winds

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Cyclone Center, now in its third year, is a website that allows citizen scientists like you to help meteorologists like us determine the maximum wind speed (or “intensity”) of historical global tropical cyclones.   We need your help to complete this ambitious project.

Why am I needed?

Cyclone Center WebpageFirst,  there are way too many images (nearly 300,000!) for us to do it alone!  Second, your responses as a group are almost always just as good as an expert!  And third, there are disagreements in the historical record that must be addressed.    For instance, there are studies in published literature that suggest that typhoon activity is both increasing and decreasing in the western Pacific Ocean. Clearly both cannot be true!

Why are there questions about tropical cyclone data? 

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Cyclone Center Citizen Scientists Contribute To Article In Top Meteorology Journal

Our first major publication appeared online the week of September 8 (link at the end of the post) in the #1 journal for meteorology papers, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  We have been working with nearly 300,000 classifications from over 5,000 of our valuable citizen scientists over the past year (we now have over 365,000 classifications from 7,400 registered users).  Our primary goal was to assess how well Cyclone Center is working and whether it can lead to even more valuable results down the road.  The answer is Read More…

CycloneCenter Participation for September 2014

September was very similar to August. The number were steady but we expect that to change as changes are coming to CycloneCenter.org. In September, Read More…

Happy 2nd Birthday CycloneCenter.org

HappyBirthdayI just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Birthday on this second anniversary of CycloneCenter.org. Two years ago today, citizen scientist “parrish” provided the first classification. Here’s what we get from that first one:

1,parrish,Td0721(1981),1981-07-22 09:00:00 UTC,2012-09-26 18:57:45 UTC,1981202N24123.TD0721.1981.07.22.0900.37.GMS-1.034.hursat-b1.v05.png,,,,,,,,,band-2.0,,,GMS-1,same,curved

To most, it is a bunch of comma-separated gobbledygook However, to our science team, it is a treasure trove of information — especially when you consider we have 350,000+ lines of this data.

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CycloneCenter Participation for August 2014

August saw a bounce back from the July slump. In August, we surpassed 350,000 classifications, which is a nice milestone to pass this summer.

Also in August, Read More…

Spawns of El Nino? Hurricanes Iselle and Julio Aim For Hawaii

Cyclone Center is tracking two storms as we classify this afternoon.

It has been quite a remarkable week in the eastern and central Pacific that has culminated in two hurricanes taking aim at the Hawaiian Islands today.  Hurricane Iselle has shown herself to be quite resilient as she has maintained her hurricane strength despite moving over cooler ocean waters.  Hurricane warnings are out for the big island as residents prepare for a significant event.  Meanwhile, Hurricane Julio is following close behind, continuing to intensify despite his movement over cooler waters.  The graphic below from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center shows the likelihood of significant winds over the next few days in the islands: Read More…

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