Click here to download a hurricane tracking map, courtesy of Accuweather and All Florida Hurricane Depot. (Right-click "Save Target As" to save to your desktop.)
Hurricanes are tracked by their longitude and latitude positions. Longitude runs up and down the map, vertically. Sometimes you will hear it referred to as Longitude West. Latitude runs cross-wise, or horizontal across the map. Sometimes latitude is referred to as Latitude North.
A hurricane's position is tracked relative to the center of the storm. Your local weather report or weather channel will provide updated longitudinal and latitunidal coordinates. These coordinates refer to the hurricane's center. This is important to know, because when a hurricane grows very large, parts of it are spread out over different areas, and therefore over different coordinates on the map. So when plotting the storm's course on your map, make sure to note that you are plotting the movement of the center, or eye of the hurricane.
Click here for an example of a mapped out hurricane path. This is a map tracking the path of the devastating 1992 Hurricane Andrew. Note that longitude/latitude coordinates are labelled in increments of 5 on the map, so numbers that aren't on a line must be counted in the space between the lines, for an exact plotting.
Now you can follow along with the weather stations and track the course of a tropical storm or hurricane on your own chart. Or if you prefer, you can track it on IBISEYE, where you can view storms, alerts, news, and track weather patterns via a live satellite map.
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