Another class of extreme weather eventsis the hurricane. If you follow the tracking and analyses of hurricanes on television as they occur, mostly in late summer here in the eastern US, you have seen representations of their sizes, locations and paths. The terminology describing different components of a storm and different factors affecting its strength and course.
The map below depicts the tracks of over 200 hurricanes that occurred over the North Atlantic Ocean from 1970 to 2012. Again, the analysis and modeling of such data, together with data describing many weather-related phenomena occuring at the same times as the hurricanes, have enabled greatly improved predictions of hurricane impacts. That translates into better preparedness and more lives saved.
The map of hurricane tracks above was created on and copied from the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), linked at right. There is also a link to download their data.