What's New for the 2015 Season

The 2015 Season Version of HURREVAC is 1.5.1 (as noted in the title bar of the main program window).  This release of HURREVAC marks a significant expansion of analysis capabilities for user-defined Points of Interest. Points of Interest were first introduced last year as a basis for reporting on storm surge. Now all of HURREVAC's reports can be either county (polygon) or point-based.

Other notable additions to the program for this year include (1) system messaging, (2) radar imagery, and (3) a new Potential Location tool for estimating wind timing with a measure of forecast uncertainty.

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Specific new features and improvements to the program are as follows:

  1. Points of Interest operations have been expanded to all report types where formerly only county-wide analysis was possible. It's now possible to keep track of and report on many point locations within a single county or across large regions.
  2. System Messaging capabilities have been added in order to broadcast information from HURREVAC's technical support staff or the National Hurricane Program when special situations arise having to do with operation of the software.
  3. A  weather radar layer is now included on the Current map with live updates every 10 minutes
  4. A new Potential Location tool has been added and combined with certain STORM FEATURES within the Toolbox under checkboxes for 'Hourly Forecast' and 'Entire Forecast'.
  5.  On the Outlook tab, Graphical Tropical Weather Outlooks are now included with the text discussion about each basin.
  6. New timeline groups are user-defined collections of timeline action items that can be activated as needed. Only one timeline group will be in active use at any one time, but individual items can be assigned to any number of groups.
  7. Map graphics are much speedier to draw and require significantly less computer memory.

Other changes of note in HURREVAC Version 1.5.1:

  1. Tide gages have been added for 20 island locations in Guam, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Bermuda, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
  2. The New York/Northern New Jersey Risk Profile and Metro NYC Facilities Tools have been revised and significantly expanded.
  3. The 120-hour error cone for the Atlantic is further narrowed as a result of NHC's improving accuracy in forecasting storm tracks. East/Central Pacific error rates have been combined and reduced as well.
  4. A larger font size option has been added to Advisory Label Setup. The storm information box has also been modified to make its details more readable.
  5. Right-click map menu options have been expanded and keyboard shortcuts added for frequently used actions such as 'Zoom to Working Storm' - CTRL-Z
  6. For hurricane exercises and classroom training purposes, an option for 'Exercise Display Mode' was added following import of a stm plot. This causes the working storm to initially load only the first advisory and hides that Actual Track Ahead of later advisories.
  7. Delineations of  JTWC | CPHC | NHC Forecast Center Areas of Responsibility have been added to the map.
  8. The frequent  'bleep...bleep...bleep' of forecast data download sounds can now be muted from within SETUP.
  9. Modifications were made to HURREVAC's basemaps to improve label placement for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

Additional changes and new features in HURREVAC Version 1.5.2:

  1. Points of Interest are now easier to add and edit within SETUP. Points can be imported from spreadsheets containing columns for Name | Latitude | Longitude. Points can also be externally sourced from shapefiles that are managed using another GIS program.
  2. An "Other Historical Storms" heading has been added to Archives for easier access to the few STM files that exist for storms prior to 1995. These storms are Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Hugo (1989), Bob (1991), and Iniki (1992).
  3. Evacuation Start Time alerts are now accompanied by an audible chime to draw more attention to when the start time of an evacuation scenario is near.
  4. Background cell colors of wind timing reports are now included in the export to spreadsheets.

Additional changes and new features in HURREVAC Version 1.5.3:

  1. Restores Doppler Radar service to HURREVAC's Current Map following changes made by NWS to the data server.
  2. Improves the Area Zoom tool such that dragging a box resizes and recenters the map more precisely.
  3. Potential Track (a white cone) has been added to the simple preview plots of storms within the Current Map.
  4. Holding down the CTRL key while checking storms on will cause them to draw as simple preview plots, rather than as one working storm plus additional storms as preview plots. This option makes it possible to turn on a collection of storms without any single storm having the focus.
  5. Similar in appearance to NHC graphics, the working storm's center location is now more prominently indicated as an orange circle with a black center. It can be turned off if desired by unchecking "STORM FEATURES > Center Location".