This terrifying graphic from The Weather Channel shows the power and danger of Hurricane Florence

Via:  bob-nelson  •  10 months ago  •  9 comments

This terrifying graphic from The Weather Channel shows the power and danger of Hurricane Florence
The graphic is more effective than numbers...

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A new video from The Weather Channel shows in real time the danger of flood waters already rising in parts of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence starts battering the coast. The storm is moving slowly and is anticipated to bring deadly storm surges to the region as well as torrential rains. “That’s a recipe for a flooding disaster,” meteorologist Marshall Shepherd told The Verge in an interview on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting storm surges anywhere from two to more than 11 feet high. But it’s hard to visualize what those numbers actually mean for someone near the water. The National Hurricane Center tried to make it clear with a cartoon graphic that shows rainbow colored water levels rising over the heads of a family in a house.

You'll be seeing the NHC potential storm surge flooding graphic a lot over the next few days as #Florence nears the coast. Here's how to interpret it; — NHC_Surge (@NHC_Surge) September 11, 2018

The graphic is more effective than numbers, or even maps. But The Weather Channel takes the visuals a step further using mixed reality that show the waters surrounding the on-screen meteorologists, including Greg Postel and Ericka Navarro. The flood rises above their heads as the wind howls and floating cars slosh at the surface.

This @weatherchannel visualization of storm surge is an amazing and sobering use of technology to show what hurricanes like Florence can do — Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) September 13, 2018

The mixed reality graphics, created in partnership with augmented reality company The Future Group, harness the Unreal Engine — a popular video game development platform. “Rather than creating effects and rendering them in post-production, the process used to create visuals for most films, the Unreal Engine builds effects in real time,” Ren LaForme reported for Poynter when The Weather Channel unveiled the tech in a tornado demo.

The Weather Channel has since used the immersive reality for an in-studio lightning explainer, and now, to visualize Hurricane Florence’s floods. “The business that we’re in is safety,” Michael Potts, The Weather Channel’s vice president of design, told The Verge in an interview. “The weather is a visceral, physical thing, and we’re trying to recreate that in the most realistic way possible.”

On screen, the water towers over the meteorologist as fish swim by — adding emphasis to her words that Hurricane Florence’s floods will threaten lives. “If you find yourself here, please get out,” she says. “If you’re told to go, you need to go.”


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1  seeder  Bob Nelson    10 months ago

It seems that the storm won't be as bad as feared. The graphic is still very, very cool!

1.1  MUVA  replied to  Bob Nelson @1    10 months ago

Very good I look at the water at the boat ramp just 10 minutes ago in VA beach tide running only a couple feet over normal.

2  lennylynx    10 months ago

I swear to God, if I hear one more word about 'Hurricane' Florence, I'm going to blow my freaking HEAD OFF!!  Except I don't have a gun...

Bob Nelson
2.1  seeder  Bob Nelson  replied to  lennylynx @2    10 months ago

Being a very fine fellow, I will lend you one...   peace

2.1.1  lennylynx  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1    10 months ago

That's very kind of you...I think! 

3  WallyW    10 months ago
3.1  dave-2693993  replied to  WallyW @3    10 months ago

Yeah, it is supposed to take its gold old time there.

3.2  GaJenn78  replied to  WallyW @3    10 months ago

Yes, it appears she has stalled and will be a very slow mover. My sister is in the Hillsborough area (Chapel Hill, Durham). She says she has some real breezy conditions but the rain hasn't even started there yet. 

3.2.1  GaJenn78  replied to  GaJenn78 @3.2    10 months ago

I think my area is pretty much in the clear with an exception of scattered showers possible on Sunday. Mother Nature is funny like that. She changes her mind every 10 minutes LOL


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