Almost as long as there’s been an ImpactWeather, there’s been the ImpactWeather Hurricane Tracking Chart. I’ve heard reports of copies of the chart – weathered and marked with the treks of storms passed – inside the rusty cab of a crane 60 feet over the Corpus Christi harbor, on the wall of a marina club house on Pensacola Bay and posted in many corporate command centers . . . and many other places from Tampico to Providence.
The reason it tickles me is that we designed that tracking chart and it’s still the finest cardstock, poster-sized version available. The most recent version was designed by our Lead IT Developer Devin Eyre and yours truly in 2005 and it features an extremely startling side-by-side comparison of why you should pay attention to the Hurricane Severity Index as opposed to the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The original ImpactWeather tracking chart was produced by a Houston marine cartography company that went out of business a few years back. They tried to sell us the copyrighted design and you probably wouldn’t believe for how much. We decided instead to come up with our own design and improve on the original in the process.
What resulted is a 20.5”H x 24”W with lat/lon split down to the tenth of a degree – a unique feature among all the printed tracking charts in the land – and one that’s also easy on the eye. Along the way, we decided to pay tribute to a few cities by including them even though they might not normally appear on such charts. We included Homestead as a salute for what they endured from hurricane Andrew. And, given how many of our esteemed meteorologists are Texas Aggies, College Station earned a spot.
Sure, a printed paper map is an anachronism in today’s world of near-immediate data transfers and computer graphics that were unimaginable just a few years ago. But anyone who’s interested in the weather also likes having the luxury of full-time reference at a glance. After all, there’s a reason we’ve distributed more than 100,000 of them over the last 15 years.
We sell them in bulk for a buck a pop but let me know if you’re interested in just a few.