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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Hurricane Tracker

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  • This hurricane tracker allows students to view satellite imagery of the Eastern Pacific and the Atlantic and follow the paths of current and recent hurricanes.
  • A number of different layers can be selected, and the most recent hurricanes are shown as tabs at the top.
Teaching Tips


  • This is a great tool for tracking active storms or for looking at the paths of recent storms near the United States.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with map layers.


  • This could be used for any lesson about natural disasters or to track recent hurricanes.
  • Science classes could use this tool to explore patterns in hurricane development and to predict what might happen if global warming continues unabated.
Scientist Notes
Students can zoom into the map to explore areas at risk of or under potential storm surge. Students can also study storm tracks, particularly tropical depressions and hurricanes from different origins and categories. This is recommended for teaching.
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