Change History for HURRTRAK EM/Pro & HURRTRAK Global EM/Pro (does not include 2014 changes and 2015 changes and 2016 changes)
Version 2013 Changes
Expert Ease" – Our highly rated ExpertEase, was introduced last year and will continue in the 2013 software. Please note that this feature is ONLY available to users who maintain the current version of the Hurrtrak software. In order to continue receiving these updates, you need to upgrade to the 2013 software. For those less familiar with this feature, ExpertEase provides another tool in your data arsenal. On a daily basis, our chief meteorologist will discuss 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. Unique 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.
Desktop Rebuild – This change represents a major enhancement to the user “experience” in 2013. The Hurrtrak system will now “remember” the graphics, reports and animations created/viewed for a storm, and recreate them automatically when reloading or when storm data is updated. This will routinely and significantly reduce time (and key/mouse strokes) spent re-creating graphics and reports that you typically generate for a storm. Items automatically rebuilt include ALL of the tracking charts and the options displayed on them. Other items rebuilt include:
• Wind Band Analysis
• Location Impact Reports
• County and ZIP Based Impact Reports
• Wind Probability Analysis
• Wind Probability Reports
• Surge Probability Analysis
• Rainfall Analysis and Thematic Charts
Enhanced Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings - The system is now able to determine whether individual locations are included within NHC/NWS issued hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings. This is displayed graphically and also included on all location based reports. These include the EZ-report, Location Wind Profile, County Wind Profile, Zip Code Wind Profile, Executive and Risk-Impact reports.
Enhanced Wind Radii Estimation for Joint Typhoon Warning Center storm forecast - We have significantly enhanced the wind radii estimation for the "missing data" problem for storms in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. This will now allow Global and Hurrtrak Advanced users to create consistent animations, wind band charts and most importantly allow for impact reporting for both land and sea locations.
Excel export enhancements – Excel export now includes location watch/warning information.
Tray Alert Message – The "tray alert" will now alert users when their "base" location has tropical storm or hurricane warnings / watches issued for it.
Google Earth export enhancements – Google Earth export now includes watch/warning information.
Tab and Automatic Summary Report Enhancements – Automatic Location Impact and Executive reports now include watch and warning information for the location(s) being analyzed.
Narrative Impact Description - The narrative now includes comments on whether the analyzed location is “under” a tropical storm and/or hurricane watch or warning.
SLOSH/Storm Surge improvements – Six more SLOSH basins have been updated and rolled into the 2013 release. This includes the following basins... Corpus Christi, Norfolk, Pamlico Sound, Apalachicola, Penobscot Bay and New Orleans. Much more detail along with software improvements have made the Storm Surge program easier to use.
Upgrade pricing $$
Version 2012 Changes
"Expert Ease" – We are particularly excited about this one! With Expert Ease you have another tool in your data arsenal. On a daily basis, our chief meteorologist will discuss, 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. Expert Ease 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. It is available to all users with current Hurrtrak software. (Click on the image to the right for more information.)
EZ Map – Enables both new and seasoned users to be more productive immediately. Press a button, and the system generates a tracking map for a current storm with all of the most common plot options. Choose anything from a default to user specific options.
EZ Report– Designed for new users, but useful for everyone. Simply supply a valid US address (street address, city-state, zip code) and the system generates an informative report for that single location. No need to add the location into the systems database or associate it to a location group. Just click on the "EZ" button, supply an address and you have your report…Boom!
Storm Conditions Display- The system now has an enhanced opening display (main tab) that via text and graphics, shows the current storm’s conditions including its strength, position, central pressure, motion and category of the storm.
Hurricane Model enhancement- Our model display program has been enhanced in several ways, focusing on efficiency and ease of use. You can now mouse over a forecast line/point and information about that model automatically displays the model name and description with details about the forecast point including forecast intensity. Additionally, users can select models they would like to see directly from the model display program and/or select "Max's favorite models"... which is a list of the hurricane models that Max Mayfield follows.
Automatic Summary Report Enhancements- The Automatic Summary reports now optionally include the storms forecasted wind bands.
Narrative Impact Description– Comments on the likelihood of the analyzed location being impacted by the eye/eye wall and maximum storm surge of the storm are now included.
Usability enhancements - Made several changes including the ability to control the width of the forecast and model plot lines.
Expanded County Reports- We’ve added a new location group (US Counties) which covers all US counties. Users will now be able to create county based Risk Impact Analysis and Executive reports.
Location Import Improvements– The location import utility has been modified to make it more flexible in accepting different comma delimited formats (Hurrtrak Advanced).
SLOSH/Storm Surge improvements – New Orleans, Lafayette, Galveston, Jacksonville, Savannah and Charleston basin analysis updates have been rolled into the 2012 release. Much more detail along with software improvements have made the Storm Surge program easier to use.
Improved Email address book maintenance– Bulk addition and deletion of email addresses is now available making email address management a snap!
EXCEL Export– Excel export of location forecast impact is now standardized. Columns are now the same between forecast and actual reports and some fields have been standardized to always have numeric data. This should make it much easier for users to export the Hurrtrak data to another format or separate program.
Version 2011 Changes
"Data Layering" – For 2011 we’re launching a tool that gives users the option to selectively turn on and turn off data layers during a tracking exercise. For example, rather than plotting a storm or geographic feature and then having to “undo” it at a later time... the user may now simply select/turn on an icon to show the information on a tracking map and select the icon again (turn off) to remove it from the tracking map. This real time enhancement makes creating a tracking map display extremely quick and easy
New Maps – Several new topographical/relief type maps have been added this year. You may now display the storm on an attractive map background which indicates mountainous areas, low lying areas, etc..
Simplified Google Earth Selection & Output – For 2011, we’ve made interfacing with Google Earth a “breeze”. With just ONE click, you can create a collection of Google Earth output and bundle them into ONE file. AND, you can either save it as a file, save it to the EMail Outbox for later EMailing, Email it immediately or initiate a Google Earth session. In addition, Google Earth files can now be automatically generated and Emailed when new data arrives on a current storm (see more below).
Revamped Automatic Summary Report - The definition of Automatic Summary Reports is significantly streamlined and more intuitive in this years’ software. A fully renovated user interface enables you to define the summary report on one screen with interactive feedback as you enter/modify the report’s parameters. We have also added a new automatic report... Risk/Impact Summary Report.
Redesigned EMail Alerts - We love all of our improvements, but believe that this 2011 enhancement will really make you stand out with those you support…a genuine WOW factor!!! Similar to the Automatic Summary Reports, we completely reworked the EMail Alert function. The result has been a much more intuitive interface that supports more flexibility when defining the “Alerts”. In addition to identifying which users will receive an alert, you can also indicate which storms to include (or exclude) as well what schedule is best for each alert. ***We have also created a NEW ALERT which will notify a user whenever one (or more) of their locations is expected to be impacted by a storm.*** These features really need to be experienced to be fully appreciated!
New Automation Capabilities – When redesigning the Automation Summary Reports and EMail Alerts, we added a new category of automation. It allows the user to quickly create and optionally email the following output... Google Earth interface files (KML), EXCEL Location Impact reports, Shape Files (Hurrtrak Advanced users) and plotted storm tracking maps. It also has an intuitive/easy to use interface.
Improved Past Forecast Selection - The selection of “prior” forecast tracks has become much easier by allowing the user to quickly select/deselect earlier advisories forecast. This allows you to quickly determine how the anticipated track may change with each new forecast.
Improvements in Tropical Weather Outlooks – Global users will appreciate the addition of the JTWC graphical outlook images in 2011.
SLOSH/Storm Surge improvements – New York, Wilmington/Myrtle Beach, Florida Bay, Fort Myers, New Orleans, and Laguna Madre basin analysis updates have been rolled into the 2011 release. Much more detail along with software improvements have made the Storm Surge program easier to use.
Expanded Watches and Warnings – We will support the new areas of watches and warnings being utilized in 2011 which includes Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Enhanced Location Database – The addition of a new WORLD location group makes it much easier to plot and analyze storm impact worldwide.
Additional CommandBar "Themes" - New command bar color "themes" have been added allowing you to personalize the look and feel of the system even more than in the past.
Version 2010 updates
Enhanced Google Earth exports
Version 2009 changes
Tray Alert Messages – We found that Hurrtrak users busy at their workstations desired a way to be alerted to new and changing conditions in the tropics. No problem! In 2009 we are introducing a "tray alert messaging" (TAM) system. TAM notifies our users, via pop-up tray messages, of several noteworthy conditions including: the formation of new storms, storm strengthening or weakening, the issuance of watches or warnings, updated storm data, issuance of the last advisory, new tropical weather outlooks or new tropical disturbance statements.
Inclusion of Storm Surge Probability – This year, the Hurrtrak system has the ability to display…both graphically and through reports, storm surge probabilities for 2' - 25’. This combined with enhanced SLOSH information, provides users with the most detailed storm surge information available.
Narrative impact statements – In addition to the summary and detailed impact reports, in 2009 we have added the ability to show a "computer AI generated" narrative description of the impact to a location. This can be viewed for the base location, any location in a summary impact report and/or in the auto generated summary report. Both standard and "executive" formats are available.
Pan and Zoom Mapping in SloshView - 2009 brings Pan & Zoom capabilities to the Slosh display program. This allows the user to select a different map region to analyze without having to "reset" the map and redefine the storm surge parameters.
Average Forecast Error plot enhancements – We have added the ability to plot the 72 and/or 120 hour forecast average error.
Forecast Model Selection improvements – Users can now be more selective of which forecast models to plot. (Selection is by type and time period.)
Multiple "undo" levels – Enhancements to the user interface now include the ability to undo multiple plotting layers.
Location plot font control- In the 2009 version, users have the option to select the font type, color, and size used to plot a location on a tracking chart. The color can be controlled by location groups or individual location... thus enabling the user to "highlight" critical locations on a map.
Inclusion of "special tropical weather" outlook – The new "special tropical weather outlook" will now be part of the Hurrtrak Online data stream and displayed in the Hurrtrak system.
Enhanced Google Earth exports – In 2009 we are adding several more Google Earth exports including animated arrows and others under development.
Expanded Google Earth Information – We are exploring the addition of more external weather Google Earth links (still under development).
Updated SLOSH storm surge data - The latest SLOSH basin analysis updates have been rolled into the 2009 release. They include Wilmington, Matagorda Bay, New Orleans, Okeechobee, Sabine Lake, Savannah, and Mobile Bay SLOSH basins.
Enhanced Risk Alert - Both wind probability and wind probability trend have been added to the 2009 risk alert table.
Expanded Hurricane History Database
Updated Watch and Warning breakpoints
Updated Average Forecast Error data
Update Tide database
Enhanced system and user preferences (options)
Miscellaneous User Interface improvements
... and more in the works
Version 2008 changes
Enhanced Google Earth exports – In 2008 we are adding several more exports such as: the ability to add images to location impact reports; detailed hourly summary information; display of wind field arrows, and much more
Expanded Historical databases
More accurate and descriptive damage comments
Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook - Support for this new product being issued by the TPC.
Desktop Satellite Animation
High Resolution Recon Reports – You can now display the high resolution reports coming in from the Hurricane Hunter aircraft.
Improved Summary Reports
Version 2007 changes
Native Google Earth Interface – this allows the user the ability to export lines, points and polygons to GE via it’s native KML language. This is a major enhancement to the system and the result is an impressive array of visualization capabilities.
Animated Wind Pattern graphic - We have taken the animated wind pattern capability that was introduced last year and improved it by allowing the user to view an animated wind pattern.
NHC Wind Probabilities – This year we will support the “new” NHC wind probabilities. This support is evident in several areas of the system
Additional detailed SLOSH data – In addition to updating our SLOSH database with the latest changes from NOAA,
Desktop Satellite Enhancements – You can now specify up to 3 daytime and 3 nighttime satellite images.
Enhanced E-mail Alert – As mentioned earlier, we have added wind probabilities as e-mail alert criteria. For example you can specify that you want an alert email sent when forecast wind probabilities for a location will exceed specified values for 34, 50 and/or 64 knot winds.
Daylight Savings Time changes – We have changed the system to accommodate the new DST rules.
Point and click reports – While viewing a tracking chart, you can now simply right-click on a map position and generate an impact report location.
Improved Summary Reports - Now includes Wind Probability data.
Updated street database – We have updated the street level database to the most current available.
Version 2006 changes
Version 2005 changes
Version 2004 changes
Version 2003 changes
Version 2002 changes.. allows the user to quickly get a complete snapshot of the current tropical situation. From there, the user can opt to use the full capabilities of the entire system. Works best with HURRTRAK ONLINE.
Version 2001 changes (2001)
Version 2000 changes (2000)
Version 4.0changes (1999)
|New 32 bit version specifically designed for WIN 95/98, WIN NT|
|Redesigned user interface using tool and status bars|
|Added larger, more detailed tracking charts (1024x768)|
|Added 46 detailed tracking/SLOSH-Inundation charts|
|Enhanced the integration of HURRTRAK and HURRTRAK ONLINE allowing for automatic, no hands, updating of storm data (with HURRTRAK ONLINE)|
|Added SLOSH MOM Inundation Analysis which graphically indicates potential storm surge flood levels (above ground level)|
|Added status bar to SLOSH MOM and Inundation chart display indicating cursor positional data such as latitude, longitude, slosh value, land elevation and inundation level.|
|Added ability to define a "Base" location and automatically display and update its summary and detailed forecast impact information on main screen|
|Added status bars on main screen indicating database, storm name, latest storm information and "base" location impact details|
|Added status bar to tracking chart display indicating cursor position data such as Latitude, Longitude, Distance to Center, Wind Speed and Wind Direction|
Added Email capabilities which includes:|
|Added the ability to export report data to HTML|
|Added the ability to export report data to a delimited file for easy import into spreadsheets and databases (i.e. EXCEL, MS ACCESS)|
|Added "Advisory ticker" which scrolls the latest public advisory across the bottom on the screen|
|Added ability to display strike probability values at select locations on the storm graphic|
|Enhanced Animation capabilities|
|Enhanced Font control for all text including the ability to turn off text plotting altogether|
|Expanded User Options for even more control|
|Added ability to activate and de-activate specific tracking charts|
|Added ability to mix graphics and text via expanded annotation features.|
In case you missed Version 3.0 (1998)
|Added the ability to customize tracking chart color scheme|
|Added automation capabilities|
|Added summary reporting|
|Added the Slosh model (MOM) storm surge data|
|Added a forecast Coastal Flood index capability|
|Added a forecast location coastal flooding analysis|
|Added onshore wind component added to detail location report|
|Added graphical based custom map creation|
|Added Latitude / Longitude grid|
|Included the ability to save a fax image|
|Now Year 2000 compliant|
|Added a User Diary|
|Included Font control for all text|
|Added Wind band and flood index legends|
|Added ability to copy storm to current database|
|Added "Quick TAU" function|
In case you missed Version 2.0 (1997)
Version 1 (additional capabilities from Professional version 7.0)
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