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UT Faculty Member, Student Launch New Hurricane Web Site

Published: March 27, 2009

 With the 2009 hurricane season rapidly approaching, a University of Tampa communications professor and student have created a new tool for journalists, educators, and weather enthusiasts to help understand the science and history of hurricanes, tropical storms, and severe tropical weather.

Created by Donovan Myrie, instructor of communication, and J.J. Paolino, a senior majoring in electronic media art and technology, is an Internet-based resource for anyone seeking information on severe weather during the Atlantic basin hurricane season.

The database is designed for easy and quick navigation for users via computer or cell phone, and provides worldwide desktop and mobile access to uncomplicated and important weather information. has basic storm terminology, forecast information, a glossary, Internet links, and historical data. In addition, the site contains detailed information on Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, and the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.

The site officially launches on March 28, 2009.

The catalog of information grew from an idea during coverage of storms in the 2005 hurricane season. As a freelance field producer for NBC News Channel, Myrie found himself constantly gathering facts and tidbits to help reporters better understand and accurately cover storms.

“As the notes grew in number, I had the idea to digitize my efforts for easier dissemination,” Myrie said. “With technology, it is a fairly simple process to aggregate the mass amount of storm information into one easy-to-navigate site. More importantly, this information has been vetted and comes from a trusted resource, as opposed to someone without qualifications or credentials.”

For more information about, contact Donovan Myrie at (727) 460-2823 or J.J. Paolino at (401) 301-0725.