Hurricane Center

Green = All quiet, Orange = Tropical Depression or Storm, Red = Hurricane


Green Alert
The tropics are quiet.

NE Pacific

Green Alert
Tropical Storm Sandra forms off the coast of Mexico, may be Hurricane by Thanksgiving.

NW Pacific

Red Alert
Typhoon In-Fa has re-curved east/northeast of the Philippines. The system is expected to track off towards the NW Pacific.


Green Alert
No organized tropical systems at this time.

North Indian

Green Alert
No organized tropical systems at this time.

South Indian

Orange Alert
TS Annabelle tracking southeast in the middle of the Indian Ocean, expected to fall apart later today.

Hurricane Center Tips

The Hurricane Center featuring Hurricantrak is the most comprehensive hurricane site on the web, designed specifically for surfers, to locate and track hurricanes and score swell from them around the globe. Below are a few hurricane center tips and the basic tools to get the most out of your experience.

Locate and Track a Storm

As soon as the National Hurricane Center, or equivalent global agency, classifies a tropical disturbance as a depression it will show up in the Hurricane Center HurricaneTrak map, along with it's past track, current position, and forecasted hurricane track.

You can also quickly see on the Hurricane Center, at a glance, how strong a storm has been, how strong it currently is and how strong it is forecast to be by taking note of the text inside the circle that indicates the storm's track. Some of the acronyms used in the Hurricane Center are TD is for Tropical Depression, TS is a tropical storm, and H1 through H5 are Category 1 through Category 5 hurricanes.
Also note that you can mouse over the storm on any Hurricane Center point to get exact wind speed.

Use the Hurricane Center Swell Window Line to Determine if a Storm is in the Right Place to Send Your Local Break Swell

A storm has moved into your 'swell window' when it is in open ocean and there are no land obstacles between it and you. We've included some basic swell windows in the Hurricane Center, which will clearly display when a storm has moved into position to send your local break a swell.

Use the Swell Ruler to Determine Swell Direction and Swell Arrival Time at Your Break

To get this Hurricane Center feature to pop up, simply click once on an area of interest on the google map, then drag the red icon to the next area of interest. The text box that pops up will then provide the distance between your two areas of interest, approaching swell direction in true degrees and also timing of said swell at various swell periods.

This is also an excellent tool to use to determine specific swell windows/swell shadows for different breaks and regions that are not included on the Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Center Archives

Historical archives of global hurricane tracks going back more than 100 years! You can compare current storms with the great ones of the past to anticipate possible swells. Also a special Surfline Summary of each year about the swells that arrived in that region.

Use the Advanced Tools Menu for Even Further Info on a Storm

Hurricane Center tools such as heat potential, low level convergence and wind shear can give the more advanced user an even greater understanding of a current storm, or a good idea of when and where a potential storm might form. If you prefer to do a bit of your own forecasting, rather than solely rely on computer models, then the Hurricane Center tools are for you!