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Hurricane Wilma Tracking with Google Earth Globe

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Like the look of this image? If you install Google Earth and download the Hurricane Wilma Google Earth Files then you will be able to see it all in glorious 3D, zoom into every point on the track, and more. More about Hurricane Wilma and historic tracking of previous hurricanes can be found on the hurricane pages. This is an overview of Hurricane Wilma's track superimposed onto Google Earth. Each plot on the map represents a Lat/Long position of Wilma at particular times determined by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC projection maps can be viewed on the maps page Hurricane Wilma Maps.

STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

25th October, 2005 ( Final News )

Hurricane Wilma has gone extratropical and begun to merge with the cold front. The NHC have ceased to issue advisories on Hurricane Wilma, therefore this site will now discontinue all tracking of Wilma from this point. This is the final tracking map for Hurricane Wilma

25th October, 2005 ( News Update )

Hurricane Wilma still flying up the east coast. NHC have issued a map this time since Wilma comes close to land at 42.0N. At that position there may be some interaction and she still has winds of 105mph which is category 2.

25th October, 2005 News

Hurricane Wilma is now flying along up the east coast with no chance of interacting with land according to the NHC, hence their reason for not issuing a prediction map. She's travelling at a racy 53mph but has de-intensified to 115mph (still category 3). She is expected to further weaken over the next 24 hours.

Wilma Cancun Damage STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

24th October, 2005 ( Final News )

Hurricane Wilma is now jetting up the east coast for a clash with a cold weather system pushing down from the northwest. Will be interesting to see who wins.

24th October, 2005 ( News Update 4 )

Hurricane Wilma continues to barrel northeast across Florida as a Category 2 storm. After ravaging the Florida Keys and central Florida the eye of Wilma is just about to vacate the northeast coast near West Palm Beach. Her path will now take her up the northeast coast at 25mph with sutained winds of 105mph.

24th October, 2005 ( News Update 3 )

0700EDT: Hurricane Wilma comes ashore approximately 10 miles south-southeast of Naples and 25mls west-northwest of Everglades City as a Category 3 Storm. Wilma is moving northeast at 23mph with sustained winds of 120mph

24th October, 2005 ( News Update 2 )

0300EDT: The NHC position at 2am was wrong so it has been removed. Wilma is still a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. Looks like landfall is going to be southeast of Naples.

24th October, 2005 ( News Update )

0200EDT: I would take the 2am position of Wilma with a pinch of salt - 45 miles in 1 hour??

24th October, 2005 News

0000EDT: Hurricane Wilma, Category 3, moving northeast at 18mph with winds 115mph.

Looks like storm surge off the Florida Keys is going to be anything from 20 to 40 feet. I just hope they stop partying there and try to get somewhere safe, if that's even possible now.

Wilma Path STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

23rd October, 2005 ( News Update 4 )

2300EDT: Hurricane Wilma, Category 3 now moving northeast at 18mph with winds 115mph.

23rd October, 2005 ( News Update 3 )

Hurricane Wilma now moving at 15mph with winds 110mph (borderline Category 3). Now publishing Google Earth track plot every hour as per NHC advisories.

23rd October, 2005 ( News Update 2 )

Hurricane Wilma is speeding up as she heads for Florida. Wilma is now travelling at 14mph with sustained winds of 105mph. She is expected to make landfall in the early hours of Monday morning.

23rd October, 2005 News

Hurricane Wilma is in the Gulf of Mexico heading towards the central Florida coastline. It's position is just off the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and has now increased it's forward speed to 5mph. The NHC expects Wilma to increase it's speed over the next 24 hours. Hurricane Wilma is a category 2 storm with sustained winds of 100mph and this is forecast to increase during today.

The death toll from Hurricane Wilma has now risen to at least 15. 12 of those deaths were already reported from Jamaica and Haiti, with a further 3 reported in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Damage and flooding has been severe in the Mexican towns of Cozumel and Cancun. Many power lines, traffic lights, signs and trees have been blown down in the 140mph winds. The governor of the state admitted that some buildings which were classed as 'hurricane proof' have been badly damaged by Wilma. Over the rest of the Yucatan it's still hard to say how much damage and flooding has occurred, but over the next couple of days it should become clearer as people return to their homes and assess the situation.

STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

22nd October, 2005 ( Final News )

Hurricane Wilma finally breaks free from the Yucatan and is now heading for the central Florida coastline. Wilma is a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100mph and is travelling at 3mph. Landfall is expected within 24 hours.

22nd October, 2005 ( News Update )

Well, it looks as if Wilma (a category 3 Hurricane) is about to leave the Yucatan Peninsula west of Cancun on a northeasterly track after making generally slow progress for the last 24 hours.

22nd October, 2005 News

Wilma is currently stationary or moving very slowly over the Yucatan as a category 3 hurricane. Progress will be very slow until she turns back out to sea. Expect to see her continue to deposit copious amounts of water over the region and weaken somewhat during today. The swell produced in the Gulf of Mexico by Wilma is expected to cross and make landfall at positions along the northern coast sometime today.

STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

21st October, 2005 ( Final News )

1915CDT : Hurricane Wilma makes landfall north of Cozumel as a category 4 hurricane. The eye of Wilma passed almost directly over the island of Cozumel and is now expected to de-intensify as she comes into contact with land. Wilma is expected to remain over the Yucatan most of Saturday before making a predicted turn onto a north-easterly path. Check out the Skeetobite spaghetti models via the above link - just click on the map.

21st October, 2005 News

0930CDT : Hurricane Wilma is about to make landfall at Cozumel on the Yucatan peninsula as a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145mph. This position is approximately 45 miles south-southwest of the popular beach resort of Cancun. The eye of Hurricane Wilma is very large and is expected to pass right over the island of Cozumel and Cancun. Wilma is expected to dump over 20ins of rain over many parts of the Yucatan with some higher areas of western Cuba receiving up to 40ins later.

It is now known that the death toll from Hurricane Wilma has risen to a minimum of 12. Deaths occurred in both Haiti and Jamaica. Expect the death toll to rise significantly over the next 12 to 24 hours as Wilma very slowly passes through the Yucatan. The National Hurricane Center in Florida expects Hurricane Wilma to fluctuate in intensity over the next several hours.

Hurricane Wilma Cat4 STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

20th October, 2005 ( Final News )

Hurricane Wilma moves inexorably closer to the northeast Yucatan peninsula and, from recent infrared images, appears to be strengthening again. The storm surge can be expected to be significant, and severe flooding is likely in many low lying areas, especially close to the mexican coast. It's also likely that western parts of Cuba will bear the brunt of Wilma's force as soon as she makes the anticipated northeast turn into the Gulf of Mexico. The next 24 hours are likely to see large amounts of damage within the Yucatan Strait region.

20th October, 2005 ( News Update )

Well, it looks almost certain now that the northeast Yucatan is about to take a battering from Hurricane Wilma. The mexican tourist resort of Cancun lies on the very northeast tip, so I'm hoping that all the tourists have already made it out of there. Cancun is a beautiful location for a holiday, but I certainly would not want to be there now. Wilma is a category 4 hurricane now with maximum sustained winds of 150mph. The NHC predict that she could regain category 5 strength again as she approaches the Yucatan, that's winds in excess of 155mph with stronger gusts. Together with 7 - 11ft storm surge above normal levels and dangerous battering waves this makes for an extremely dangerous situation in low-level coastal locations which are typical of this region.

20th October, 2005 News

Hurricane Wilma has now been pushing west-northwest for the past 45 hours and confounding everyone's predictions about turning northwest then northeast. Important : that's not to say that she won't eventually. At the moment she is heading directly towards the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and many sources are now stating that Wilma will make landfall in Cancun. After watching the maps for the last 24 hours and preparing the Google plots, I have to say that I agree with those sources, unless she suddenly decides to make a left turn sometime soon. Remember, for the most part hurricanes are unpredictable beasts that can suddenly do just what you never expected.

Hurricane Wilma Cat5 STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

19th October, 2005 ( Final News )

Well, it's been a tense day today with Hurricane Wilma continuing to push northwest towards the Gulf of Mexico. For a time Wilma's track looked somewhat unusual as her eye appeared to be bouncing around. I established that this was part of her eyewall replacement cycle (ERC) where the inner eye begins to break down and is subsequently replaced by the outer eye. Under these conditions the storm's track becomes erratic as the eye oscillates around a point causing the eye to perform a small loop before regaining it's original track. Each oscillation causes some of the storm's energy to be lost and these losses tally up over time resulting in an overall decrease in the storm's intensity. As a result of this ERC Hurricane Wilma suffered a reduction in her maximum sustained winds which took her down to 160mph, down from her previous 175mph before the ERC.

Wilma has now settled back into a more stable track and is currently tracking towards Cozumel on the Yucatan Peninsula at near 7mph with sustained winds of 155mph. Wilma's intensity is now likely to fluctuate which is common for category 4 hurricanes. Hurricane Wilma is considered extremely dangerous by the National Hurricane Centre and anyone on the projected path should monitor the NHC's forecasts and warnings.

In terms of Wilma's predicted track, the NHC had problems today with their computer models which left them somewhat embarrassed; the computer projections were indicating tracks that differed from the previous model runs. Eventually, they determined what the problem had been and made an appearance on CNN to explain the situation. I believe the models are now aligned again and giving a projected path that passes near the eastern tip of the Yucatan then across the Gulf of Mexico towards southwest Florida. It is still relatively early days to state categorically that Wilma will hit southern Florida since there is still a fair amount of uncertainty in these projections. But it goes without saying that, as stated earlier, everyone on the projected path must take absolute notice of the official warnings and be prepared to evacuate should it be deemed necessary.

19th October, 2005 ( News Update 2 )

0800EDT: Hurricane Wilma continued to intensify and by 5am she was a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175mph. By 8am a reconnaisance aircraft that passed through Wilma reported a record (unofficial as yet) low barometric pressure of 881mb. The NHC stress that further instrument calibration tests are required before this pressure can be made official. The NHC are now using very strong terms to describe Hurrican Wilma: Quote: WILMA IS A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE THAT IS MOVING OVER VERY WARM WATERS. The NHC predict that Wilma will make landfall on the southwest coast of Florida by 2am on Sunday.

19th October, 2005 ( News Update )

At 0100EDT the NHC published Special Advisory #15 stating that Hurricane Wilma has intensified to a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150mph. Further intensification to category 5 is expected later today. The rapid intensification is exceptional and has taken everyone by surprise by it's suddeness. Hurricane Wilma is now looking exceptionally dangerous and all necessary precautions should be taken sooner than later by all those living on her projected path.

19th October, 2005 News

2300EDT: Hurricane Wilma continues to intensify as she tracks west-northwest at 8mph. With sustained winds of 110mph and further intensification expected in the next 6 hours to Category 3, Hurricane Wilma is becoming a major hurricane that everyone in Florida needs to watch very carefully.

STATUS: Tracking Hurricane Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

18th October, 2005 ( Final News )

2000EDT: Rapid intensification of Hurricane Wilma takes her to category 2 Hurricane status. Hurricane Wilma now has sustained winds of 100mph and is moving west-northwest at 8mph. Hurricane Wilma is expected to further intensify within the next 3 hours and reach category 3 intensity with sustained winds in excess of 110mph.

18th October, 2005 ( News Update 2 )

Tropical Storm Wilma finally makes it to Hurricane Wilma as a category 1 storm. Hurricane Wilma packs maximum sustained winds of 75mph and is moving northwest at 7mph. Wilma is expected to further intensify before entering the gulf by 0800edt Friday.

[EDIT] Just checked the plots again and I would say that the NHC's speed for Hurricane Wilma is on the conservative side at 7mph. I would put it at something more than 11mph. It could be in the Gulf faster than their current predictions so watch out.

18th October, 2005 ( News Update )

Tropical Storm Wilma is again stationary. According to the latest NHC advisory she is not going anywhere for the next few hours. I'm afraid this means she is probably going to intensify even further before entering the gulf. Currently, Tropical Storm Wilma has maximum sustained winds of 70mph which is a whisker short of hurricane category 1 status. Wilma has been sitting in this general location for quite a while now, and it would be great if she could just continue to churn away there using up all the available energy before steering returns, then expire. Just hopeful..

18th October, 2005 News

It's 2300EDT and Tropical Storm Wilma is finally on the move to the west at a steady but sure 2mph. Maximum sustained winds are now 65mph which is approaching hurricane force so every one should now be on their guard. Chances are that Wilma will start to speed up now she's heading west and a turn to the northwest will put her on track for the Gulf.

Tropical Depression Wilma STATUS: Tracking Tropical Storm Wilma with Google Earth Globe.

17th October, 2005 ( Final News )

It's 2000EDT and it looks like Tropical Storm Wilma is gearing up to make a turn to the west. NHC has been forecasting a track to the west then northwest for the last two days now but Wilma has stubbornly refused to turn off her generally southern path. It looks like things may be getting a little more favourable for going west, but if she stays just west for any length of time as opposed to north of west then her path may allow some of her energy to be dissipated over northern Honduras.

17th October, 2005 News

It's official. Tropical Depression 24 is now classified by the NHC as Tropical Storm Wilma. Wilma is still churning her way very slowly through the Caribbean to the south of Cuba. As a Tropical Storm she now carries maximum sustained winds of 40mph. Moving to the southwest at 3mph Wilma is not expected to get anywhere soon. It's probably going to take 2 or 3 days before getting into the GOM, assuming nothing comes along before then that upsets her organisation, so stay vigilant.

We have already seen 20 named storms this season, the last being Hurricane Vince. Now, with Wilma becoming the 21st Tropical Storm this season, and the last name in the list ( names beginning with Q, U, X, Y, Z are not used ), it's time to go to Greek letters. That means that should further Tropical Storms or Hurricanes develop before the end of the 2005 season which ends on the 30th November then the NHC would name them 'Alpha', 'Beta' etc. And that would make 2005 the busiest season on record beating the existing record for the 1933 season which had 21 named storms. But...Hurricane Alpha? Does anyone think that sounds a bit clinical and characterless? I certainly do, and I would hope that the authorities find a better naming convention before the 2006 Hurricane Season.


I shall continue to update the tracking maps until Hurricane Wilma dies. I can be found in the central Florida hurricane center forum until the end of November.

Dave Foster