Catastrophe Links


Severe Weather:


Storm Prediction Center – The National Weather Service office that provides forecasts and watches for severe thunderstorm and tornadoes.


Interactive Weather Information Network – The National Weather Service site that provides access to state-specific severe weather warnings.


Tropical Weather:


Tropical Prediction Center / National Hurricane CenterThe National Weather Service office that generates Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific tropical weather forecasts, watches, and warnings for the United States.


The Tropical Meteorology Project – Dr. William Gray’s forecasts for Atlantic basin hurricane activity.  The project is based at the Colorado State University, Department of Atmospheric Science, Fort Collins, Colorado.


Tropical Storm Risk – A consortium of insurers, reinsurers, risk managers, and climate forecasters. The worldwide tropical meteorological analysis is provided by the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office. It includes excellent analysis of Atlantic and Caribbean storms.


Historical Weather Research:


National Weather Service Forecast Offices – You can select any of the NWS Forecast Offices and link to local climate data that includes hour-by-hour weather readings. These NWS office pages also include forecast and warning information for their area of jurisdiction.


State Climate Offices – You can select the offices of state climatologists and often retrieve state-specific and very detailed information on weather events. The data typically is gathered from a network of trained observers in each county.


National Climatic Data Center – The archive of weather data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This site can be searched for historic weather data and reports may be purchased at cost.


National Buoy Data Center – The National Weather Service division that operates weather buoys on the Great Lakes and the oceans. Historic data is available from individual buoys for on-water weather conditions at the buoy’s location.




Hydrometeorological Prediction Center – The National Weather Service office that issues flood forecasts. An interactive map allows you to select specific river locations for detailed local forecasts. This site also includes detailed precipitation forecasts for flash flooding potential.


Hydrologic Information Center – The National Weather Services office that monitors river levels. It publishes a daily flood summary. Historical flood data is available on the site.


General Information:


NOAA Satellites and Information – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site with links to it satellite servers for visible, infrared, and water vapor images of the U. S. and Caribbean.


Ohio State University – The Department of Atmospheric Science operates this site. It provides numerous links to current weather conditions nationwide. 


University of Michigan WeatherNet – This site is operated by U of M at Ann Arbor and provides a large number of links to useful current forecast data. 


The Weather Underground – A commercial site affiliated with the U of M at Ann Arbor that provides an abundance of current forecast data and some historic information. 


Intellicast – A product of WSI, the company PLRB purchases its weather data and graphics, that provides a variety of products for the public.


Weather Channel – Another product of WSI Incorporated, the Web site of the Weather Channel provides a variety of current and forecast weather products for the public. 


American Meteorological Society – A professional society for meteorologists. The site includes links to a variety of services available from the group.  




Department of Homeland Security – The public Web site of the federal agency responsible for coordinating security against terrorist attack. 


Federal Bureau of Investigation – The public Web site of the FBI that includes a link to its terrorism section that contains publicly released information on the terrorism threat against the United States. 


Department of State – The public Web site of the State Department that provides limited intelligence on probable terrorist activity through the travel warnings section produced by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. 


Treasury Department – The public Web site of the U. S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control that provides useful information on terrorist financing schemes and a listing of the more recently identified terrorist groups. 


Global Security.Org – This Web site contains current and historic information on terrorist groups, with links to publicly available research and reports from such organizations as the CIA and the U. S. military. 


U. S. Commission on National Security – Also known as the Hart-Rudman Commission. The Web site includes a copy of its important report, Road Map for National Security: Imperative for Change, which identified terrorist threats and recommended methods of counter acting those threats. 


Terrorism Research Center – The Web page of an independent institute formed to study international terrorism. Some information is available without a subscription. 


Earth Liberation Front – The Web page of a radical environmental terrorist group that has been linked to, and taken credit for, attacks against property in the United States. Prior to September 11, 2001, the FBI listed ELF as one of the major terrorist threats against the U. S. It is still considered a major threat group by law enforcement agencies. 


Federation of American Scientists – This Web site contains information on Bioterrorism.