Gearing Up for Tropical Storm Season

The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program investigates the extent and causes of coastal impacts of hurricanes and extreme storms on the coasts of the United States. 

Their overall objective is to improve the capability to predict coastal change that results from severe tropical and extra-tropical storms. Such a capability will facilitate locating buildings and infrastructure away from coastal change hazards.

They accomplish this mission in a number of ways including the use of the following technologies: Scanning Airborne Laser Altimetry (Lidar), Oblique Aerial Video & Photography, and Ground Surveys

Current Tropical Storm Tracks: courtesy Dr. T. Metcalf, Univ. of Hawaii can be found Here

To display the strike probabilities, click on a location or submit a latitude and longitude using the form provided at

Additional information about tropical storms including news of the day, strorm tracks, predictions, and graphics can also be found at the national hurricance center Additonally, the NHC also provides an annual storm outlook. NOAA’s 2004 Atlantic hurricane season outlook indicates a 50% probability of an above-normal hurricane season, a 40% probability of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season, according to a consensus of scientists