Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Ike’

Hurricane Ike Galveston Texas Damage on Google Earth

September 18, 2008

The teams from Google Earth and Maps have assembled images and resources for Galveston Texas residents displaced by Hurricane Ike as well as state and local emergency management personnel.

Within hours after Hurricane Ike’s arrival the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Remote Sensing Division began flying rapid response aerial reconnaissance missions of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf region.

NOAA Remote Sensing

NOAA Remote Sensing

The NOAA Remote Sensing team has published the data they have collected on their official Hurricane Ike response page.

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike

The images posted on NOAA site are of the coast of Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Ike made landfall.

The NOAA Remote Sensing Division gathered their Hurricane Ike images to meet NOAA national security and emergency response requirements.

The NOAA data will also be used for ongoing research efforts to test and further develop standards for airborne digital imagery.

To see pictures of Galveston and the Texas coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, click on the NOAA base map grid boxes.

Hurricane Ike Image

Hurricane Ike Image

You can then drill down to each NOAA picture taken after Hurricane Ike made landfall.

Hurricane Ike Damage

Hurricane Ike Damage

The Google Earth and Google Maps teams have also processed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data it into a KML image overlay for easy access.

Here is just one example of the type of before and after pictures you can view of Galveston, Texas after Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Ike Before Picture

Hurricane Ike Before Picture

Hurricane Ike Before Picture

Hurricane Ike After Picture

Hurricane Ike After Picture

Hurricane Ike After Picture

Galveston Texas Hurricane Ike on Google Maps

September 12, 2008

Google Maps is providing a convenient weather forecast map overlay of Hurricane Ike and its projected path over the next 24, 36 and 48 hours.

Hurricane Ike 24 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike 24 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike: Galveston Island, TX 24 hour weather map forecast

Hurricane Ike 36 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike 36 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike: Houston Texas, Central Texas 36 weather map forecast

Hurricane Ike 48 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike 48 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike: Texas and Oklahoma 48 hour weather map forecast

Google Maps is also providing a third party’s “Rising Sea Simulator” for visualizing storm surge levels but according to HeyWhat’sThat.com:

“We’re currently seeing heavy demand on our servers, so for now you’ll have to hit ‘Go’ whenever you move or zoom the map to load the overlay images.”

I had difficulty getting their application to load and couldn’t get it to produce a storm surge map for Galveston Bay or Galveston Island other than from space.

Storm Surge

Storm Surge

To get more information about Hurricane Ike and its status, a quick Google search for Galveston web cams, Galveston newspapers or Galveston TV Stations will produce a list of other Hurricane Ike news sources.

I tried to access most of Galveston Web Cameras listed but they too were experiencing heavy usage and didn’t load very fast (less than 90 seconds).

Overall, it won’t be a good day to be in the Galveston Bay and Beach area.