What's New in the 2016 Season Version

The 2016 Season Version of HURREVAC is 1.6.1 (as noted in the title bar of the main program window).  This release of HURREVAC contains further enhancements of user-defined Points of Interest capabilities that were initially introduced in 2014. Points of Interest are now stored as specific types (i.e. shelter, school, firehouse, bridge, or any other desired term) with various new management options possible.

The screenshot below highlights the Points of Interest map display and some of the other new features for 2016, including animated GIF recording, and a 4-color scale for storm surge.

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

  1. User-defined Points of Interest are stored with an additional 'type' attribute and include new management options:  1) Points can be drawn on the map using a mix of font color, size, and zoom level for initial appearance; 2) organization of points under types makes it easier to toggle their map display on and off; and 3) point-based reports can be filtered by type.
  2. Animated GIF recording capabilities have been added to facilitate the capture and sharing of snippets of action from HURREVAC. For instance, you could record wind ranges advancing along the forecast track of the storm to illustrate the projected timing of wind hazards and then distribute this GIF file via email, text, or social media.
  3. NHC's 4-color storm surge scale has become HURREVAC's default display for surge probabilities. The original 20-color P-Surge scale is also still accessible within the program, but the default display is intended to mirror NHC's storm surge inundation graphic display at a somewhat courser resolution.
  4. The Wind Probabilities > Single Area/Point of Interest graph now has the option to chart cumulative probabilities in addition to the individual onset probabilities. For the two single types, (either onset alone or cumulative alone), you can hover over areas of the graph and get a label with the exact % value and time.
  5. Setup > Time Zones now includes the capability to display multiple time zones within the map legend and storm advisory labels. This is potentially useful if you are creating graphics depicting a storm which is forecast to impact more than one time zone (such as a Gulf coast storm crossing from Eastern to Central Time).
  6. Beginning in 2016, watches and warnings will be recorded and displayed for typhoons in the West Pacific.  Tropical Cyclone Public advisories issued by the Guam WFO are the source for this new watch/warning information stored within HURREVAC's STM file. The text of these public advisories will also be made available for reading on the Advisory tab.
  7. Storm center location is now marked with an orange dot to better distinguish and replicate how this storm feature is represented within NHC graphic products. This new graphical feature can be turned off under STORM FEATURES > Center Location.

Other changes of note in HURREVAC Version 1.6.1:

  1. Watch/warning breakpoints in the program have been updated to include not only new locations in the West Pacific, but also changes to the names and break intervals in many other areas of the world. These changes, along with better coastline detail, will be reflected in storm tracks from 2016 and later.
  2. The potential track area (120-hour error cone) for the Atlantic and East Pacific is further narrowed as a result of NHC's improving accuracy in forecasting storm tracks. Central Pacific storms will also utilize the East Pacific error rates for 2016.
  3. Holding down CTRL while checking the boxes to turn on multiple storms will cause storms to display as simple plots without a detailed legend. This is potentially useful if you are wanting to create a graphic that shows the historic tracks from a collection of storms.
  4. Modifications were made to HURREVAC's basemaps to improve label placement in the Mariana Islands and to update EMA zones in Puerto Rico.