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Google Launches Hurricane Isaac Site 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-stop-hurricane-news dept.
redletterdave writes "Google Crisis Response, one of Google's thousands of active projects that merges various Google tools like Maps, Docs, Forms and Earth, posted a new webpage on Monday dedicated to Tropical Storm Isaac — soon to be Hurricane Isaac — in an effort to disseminate helpful information about the hurricane's path, its forecasted track, and how local residents can stay safe during this emergency situation. Google's Crisis Map for Hurricane Isaac allows the user to set up and see public alerts from weather.gov, flood gauge forecasts, surge zones, evacuation zones and routes, barrier resources and relevant YouTube videos for each impacted area."
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Google Launches Hurricane Isaac Site

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  • Actual Google site (Score:5, Informative)

    by GSPride (763993) on Monday August 27, 2012 @05:29PM (#41142177) Homepage

    The actual Google Crisis site is:

    http://google.org/crisismap/2012-tropical-system-isaac [google.org]

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I do find it amusing, though, how this query, https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en&q=hurricane%20isaac [google.com], doesn't return Google's crisis site.

      Search giants, indeed ;)

      • by Anonymous Coward

        They're just trying not to get sued by some random Microsoft backed consumer watch dog for favoring their crisis site over others. Also, the Microsoft crisis site requires Silverlight so many are SOL either way. :)

    • by jhoegl (638955)
      Crisis site says if we all flush our toilets at the same time during a hurricane that Florida will be swallowed up by the ocean.
      I say we all do it at 4:20pmET tomorrow to test this theory.
      I can see it now, "Reports of Republicans yelling, 'I should have believed in Global Warming!'."
      • by guttentag (313541)
        Romney should deliver his victory speech aboard an aircraft carrier floating past New Orleans City Hall. In doing so, he could reinvigorate the portion of the Republican base that believes things were better off under Bush.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I found the site rather content-free except for YouTube entries linking to YouTube. I would have hoped any information would have been at a glance on that page.

    • Thank you! This is actually hard to find using Google. Type in "hurricane Isaac" and started scrolling down.

      Nope...nope...nope..."Robert Reich: George W. Bush As Hurricane Isaac", looked for the -1 troll button but was on the wrong site.

    • by inKubus (199753) on Monday August 27, 2012 @08:04PM (#41143971) Homepage Journal

      I'm a big fan of wunderground's Wundermap [wunderground.com].

      • Came here to post this. The wundermap has been out for quite some time, and it's pretty handy. These two sites seem very similar; the sidebars are practically the same.

  • I never expected Google to be a company that cheaply jumps on the latest fad that blows by.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by ackthpt (218170)

      I never expected Google to be a company that cheaply jumps on the latest fad that blows by.

      We need them to work on the technology of controling the weather ... push it to the east a hundred miles would be a good start.

      • I never expected Google to be a company that cheaply jumps on the latest fad that blows by.

        We need them to work on the technology of controling the weather ... push it to the east a hundred miles would be a good start.

        A "self-driving" google hurricaine?

        • by ackthpt (218170)

          I never expected Google to be a company that cheaply jumps on the latest fad that blows by.

          We need them to work on the technology of controling the weather ... push it to the east a hundred miles would be a good start.

          A "self-driving" google hurricaine?

          Ya know... I think that sounds even more fun than a flying car. Where can I get one? (c=

      • by gnapster (1401889)
        I live a hundred miles to the east, you insensitive clod!
      • by neonv (803374)

        It is completely inappropriate to WANT a hurricane to devastate a state just to delay a few people you don't like. Grow up.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Actually, it's kinda a logical extension of their original (somewhat overblown) mission of collecting as much data as possible, organizing it, and disseminating it as useful information to people. Lots of people have tried it (there was a disaster a few years ago where Wikipedia was used as an information store, as I remember) and it seems like a decent thing to do.

      On top of that, Google is an advertising-based Internet startup that seems to have incongruously lasted 10 years longer than its expected lifes

    • no, you misunderstand. google actually launched hurricane isaac. that's how advanced their r&d into alternative energy is

  • Intensity level (Score:4, Informative)

    by SternisheFan (2529412) on Monday August 27, 2012 @05:40PM (#41142335)
    Isaac should make landfall (at most) as a Category 2 hurricaine, according to info as of Monday 5 pm Eastern. 7 years ago Irene was a Category 5 before making landfall, and was downgraded to a Category 3 by the time it made land.
    • There was a hurricane named Irene seven years ago, yes. It was never a cat 5, and never made landfall. So...huh? Are you possibly talking about Ike, 4 years ago, which peaked at cat 4 but made landfall as cat 2?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Intensity isn't everything. Location matters too. Isaac is weaker, sure, but it's expected to strengthen in the Gulf a little and the predicted path near landfall is surprisingly similar to that of Katrina, kind of on the east side of New Orleans or over the top. That's the worst situation for landfall in that area, because the counter-clockwise flow of the hurricane will tend to push the water up into Lake Pontchartrain on the north side of the city and up the canal system that connects the city to the

    • Isaac should make landfall (at most) as a Category 2 hurricaine, according to info as of Monday 5 pm Eastern. 7 years ago Irene was a Category 5 before making landfall, and was downgraded to a Category 3 by the time it made land.

      I don't know about NOLA, but Northern Florida has been pretty squishy underfoot for weeks between the actual tropical storms and the systems that probably would have become tropical storms if tropical storms could form over land. And, after all, it wasn't the wind that trashed New Orleans in Katrina, it was the water. If the ground there is as saturated as the ground in the Florida Panhandle, the extra rainfall could make a real mess of things.

      On the plus side, they hopefully have fixed the worst of the lev

  • by hsmith (818216) on Monday August 27, 2012 @05:48PM (#41142455)
    but retaining the link to the link to IBTimes.

    Worthless.

    http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/ [google.org]
  • by Antipater (2053064) on Monday August 27, 2012 @05:49PM (#41142465)
    I can see it now.

    "No, hold on, man. We can evacuate in a minute. There's this even better hurricane video we should watch next!"

  • by Bill_the_Engineer (772575) on Monday August 27, 2012 @06:30PM (#41143051)

    Sure there is some youtube links on Google's mashup site.

    More timely information can be found on the National Hurricane Center's interactive website [noaa.gov]

  • by ZorinLynx (31751) on Monday August 27, 2012 @06:49PM (#41143227) Homepage

    Wow, this page is so incredibly slow and clunky. Google, you can do SO MUCH better. Come on.

    Meanwhile, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ [noaa.gov] provides all the information you could want about the storm, and it loads instantly.

    Sometimes all you need is the content.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      > Wow, this page is so incredibly slow and clunky

      Stop using Netscape 6.0. It's 2012, for fuck sake. And if it matters, I loaded it almost instantly three times.

      (BTW, who is modding this? Anything against Google is by default insightful?)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Either Obama has directed a secret army of weather control satellites to interrupt the republican convention or God *really* hates Republicans. Which theory will Fox News promote?

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