CycloneCenter Participation for March&April 2015

Welcome to May. The following summarizes two recent months (since I missed doing this report last month). March and April were relatively good months. Read More…

Refocusing CycloneCenter on the year 2005

We are refocusing our efforts on a smaller number of targeted storms. Our current target is to complete all images for the 2005 tropical cyclone season.  Read More…

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

This month we had Read More…

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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