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Weather Underground

September 09, 2009 05:00 ET

Storm Surge Pages Now Available on Wunderground.com

Weather Underground Is the #1 Resource for Storm Surge Advisories and Hurricane Coverage

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - With the peak portion of hurricane season now upon us, Weather Underground is pleased to announce the release of the Internet's most comprehensive hurricane storm surge web pages, accessible at http://www.wunderground.com/ hurricane/surge.asp.

The new storm service includes extensive hurricane data as well as detailed explanations from famed Weather Underground hurricane expert, Dr. Jeff Masters. "The storm surge is the most dangerous part of a hurricane's hazards," states Dr. Masters. He goes on to say, "The high death tolls of the ten deadliest U.S. hurricane disasters, including Hurricane Katrina of 2005, were primarily caused by the surge. It is critical that all coastal residents familiarize themselves with the potential dangers where they live. The new pages on Weather Underground are the best place on the Internet to accomplish that." Dr. Masters also provides richly illustrated descriptions of Storm Surge Basics, Safety Actions, Survival Misconceptions, and U.S. and World Surge Records.

Other key features of the new section are the model flood maps for Category 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 hurricanes for the U.S. Atlantic coast, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas. To help coastal residents see how past storms have affected their region, the wunderground.com storm surge pages include model animations for more than 20 historic storms -- from the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 to Hurricane Ike of 2008.

Besides these recent additions to the site, wunderground.com also hosts an all-inclusive Tropical Section (http://www.wunderground.com/tropical) featuring real time tracking maps for the most up to date hurricane information and a Hurricane Archive that dates as far back as 1851, providing an excellent reference point for storm followers. Combined with this more traditional suite of tropical products, the new storm surge pages equip wunderground.com patrons with the knowledge to prepare and protect themselves against the dangerous ramifications of hurricanes.

Similarly, even non-coastal residents will find interesting functions on Weather Underground's site, such as animated surge simulations, survival tips, and graphical interpretations of famous hurricane data. The wunderground.com hurricane pages offer a wide array of data in a multitude of forms so that any user will find exactly what he or she needs. The unique combination of tools available on the site positions Weather Underground as the one-stop weather website for hurricane education and preparation.

About Weather Underground

The nation's first online weather service, Weather Underground is committed to delivering the most comprehensive, reliable weather information possible. The company's state-of-the-art technology monitors conditions and forecasts for locations across the world. With thousands of international users contributing local observations from personal weather stations, Weather Underground is able to provide up-to-the-minute weather conditions for the most finely targeted areas. In addition to serving free online weather information to millions of Web users, Weather Underground delivers custom-designed weather page solutions to an array of businesses and media clients -- both online and in print. For further information please visit www.wunderground.com.

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