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NOAA, Hurricanoes, and Google Maps

So, I was getting a little annoyed at the fact that NOAA's maps don't show cities, so you can't really tell which areas will be hit. So, I examined the Google Maps API, got a key, wrote a bunch of nasty regexen, and threw this together. (You can use it to track any hurricane NOAA has its eye on—try plugging in a forecast for Tropical Storm Phillipe, for example.)

Sometimes, being a programmer is awesome.

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izuko
Sep. 23rd, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
You're just a little bit not right in the head, you know... good work.
codepoetica
Sep. 23rd, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Slick. NOAA gives lat/lon coords, I presume, so you didn't have to geocode it?
codepoetica
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
You might want to trackback this boingboing entry.
brentdax
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
NOAA gives me this:
FORECAST VALID 24/0000Z 28.3N  93.1W
MAX WIND 115 KT...GUSTS 140 KT.
64 KT... 75NE  75SE  40SW  60NW.
50 KT...120NE 100SE  80SW 120NW.
34 KT...180NE 160SE 120SW 160NW.
(The storm's current conditions are even worse—they're scattered throughout the forecast statement.) I have to parse it out of there with a nasty regex and then massage the data into the forms I need.

But yes, the latitude and longitude are encoded directly in the statement, so at least I don't need to do geocoding.
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