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Map of the Month: Hurricanes

The Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) is NOAA’s online mapping tool that integrates both static and real-time data, enabling users to quickly and securely access, analyze, and display spatial data. The "Map of the Month" series highlights unique maps from throughout ERMA's use and history.

A map showing the path of a hurricane on a coast.
Current named storm Fay off the coast of North Carolina 7-9-2020 (5 pm eastern) with predicted and actual water levels.

Every year hurricane season begins in June and ends in November. This year NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has forecasted that it will be a potentially busy year with approximately 13 to 19 named storms, of which three to six could be major hurricanes.  

The Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) plays an important role during hurricane response. Historically, OR&R works with the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and other state and federal agencies to track storm related debris and mitigate any storm related spills. Leveraging tools like the Environmental Response Management Application, ERMA®, post-storm response operations can be visualized in real time via the map interface or through interactive dashboard displays. 

Technology will play an even more important role this year, as ERMA® data managers can work remotely to support onscene efforts through data streams. To help ensure remote operations are possible, OR&R is working with the EPA, Natural Disaster Operational Workgroup, and other agencies to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season. ERMA® is testing out the secure data transfer between partners to ensure data flow will happen seamlessly through remote table top exercises. 

To learn more, view the live map here.

Last updated Wednesday, February 28, 2024 7:44am PST

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