Note: Today's Friday Feature is a little different from previous weeks. Instead of featuring a customers' post from our GPS City Gallery, we decided to focus on a major story affecting the east coast of the United States and Canada - Hurricane Irene. Below, GPS City's own Roxie provides some tips on tracking this hurricane.
"Hurricane Irene is coming for a visit this weekend! Many coastal areas in the eastern United States and even Canada are preparing for this Category 2 storm that is producing winds of up to 120 miles per hour. The best way to ensure your safety is to follow the hurricane's progression. Thanks to modern technology, satellites are constantly taking pictures of the storm, allowing viewers to track the hurricane's path on a map.
MSNBC has created an interactive map that follows Hurricane Irene from its start in the Caribbean to its current location in the Carolinas. The map makes it easy to see where the hurricane has already hit and where it is expected to hit. The page also shows another interactive map of previous hurricanes. The different routes and directions of the hurricanes make you realize how unpredictable hurricanes can be even when you are tracking them. All travelers and locals along the eastern seaboard should be vigilant in checking the progress of Irene.
Another resource for tracking Hurricane Irene is NASA. NASA uses satellites to track the speed and time of the hurricane to estimate where and when it will hit land. Additionally, the satellites track the changes in wind speed and atmospheric pressure. While tracking Hurricane Irene, NASA has been sharing images from the GOES-13 satellite. These images are powerful because viewers are able to get a sense of the size of Hurricane Irene."