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2014 HURRTRAK Software Enhancements...

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"ExpertEase" – Our highly popular ExpertEase…introduced last year, will continue in 2014. Please note that this feature is ONLY available to users who maintain the current version of Hurrtrak software. In order to continue receiving these updates, you must upgrade to the 2014 software. For those unfamiliar with this feature, ExpertEase provides a unique tool in your data arsenal. On a daily basis, our chief meteorologist discusses via video update, current tropical conditions as well as what is likely to occur in the near term. His observations are integrated within the Hurrtrak program throughout the Atlantic Hurricane season. Exclusive to PC Weather Products portfolio, ExpertEase gives you "inside" knowledge of the factors and conditions affecting the path and strength of active tropical storms and/or the tropical season in general. Remember, it is available to all users with current Hurrtrak software installed.

Current Weather Observations & Depiction A significant 2014 enhancement is the ability of users to examine current observations for all official weather stations, NOAA operated coastal stations, Buoys, Oil Rigs, Ship Reports and observed storm reports (over 5000 stations). Data includes Wind Speeds, Wave Heights, Pressure, Ocean Temperatures, Air Temperature, Dew Points and Local Storm Reports. This is presented in a user friendly format including the depiction of current tropical cyclones / formation alert areas and the ability to plot graphically or produce reports on the parameters listed above. Sample uses of this feature include:

• Comparison of forecast vs actual developing conditions
• Easy, quick displays of smaller scale events away from the storm’s circulation (i.e. feeder bands)
• Real time, multiple source on-site reports, indicating storm effects on the ground
• The ability to view local (or worldwide) weather observations, even without active tropical storms
• Depiction of formation "alert" areas.

Enhanced Tide Information and Display - The system now makes extensive use of astronomical tide information. Tide data for “coastal” locations is included and optionally graphed on selected impact reports. It is also described in text on the narrative impact statement. The tide graph, including the tidal harmonic, is superimposed on the wind speed graph to help determine the effects of tide heights during the period of highest winds.

Enhanced/Extended Rainfall forecast - Rainfall forecasts have been significantly enhanced by improving both the forecast period and resolution. Our system now shows rainfall estimates with 10X increased detail, as well as a forecast for up to 7 days! In addition, we are able to determine the rainfall forecast for a specific location. All this is represented in both the system graphics and impact reports.

Enhancements to Reconnaissance and Model Plot functions - The system makes use of popup type windows to display Hurricane Hunter Reconnaissance information as well as Forecast Model data.

Excel export enhancements Excel export now includes more detailed rainfall information as well as tide data.

Risk Impact Summary ReportsAutomatic and manual Risk Impact Reports now include tidal data in both report and graphical (tide harmonics) form. There is also a new “graph only” risk impact report

Narrative Impact Description - The narrative now includes commentary on the astronomical tide heights as it relates to the period of highest storm winds for the analyzed location(s).

SLOSH/Storm Surge improvements  – SLOSH basins which have been updated are rolled into the 2014 release.  As of mid March, 2014 this includes the following basins... Lake Okeechobee .  Much more detail along with software improvements have made the Storm Surge program easier to use.

Enhanced EMail Alerts The EMail Alert condition for rainfall is now based on a 5 day total rainfall instead of 3.

System AppearanceWe have added a few more themes/skins to give the application a custom appearance.

and... more changes not yet listed here... Like Email Alerts!

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