How to Use a Hurricane Tracking Map:
Each horizontal line on the tracking map represents a different line of latitude. These lines are labeled along the right edge of the tracking chart. Each vertical line represents a line of longitude. These lines are labeled along the bottom edge of the tracking map. Sometimes latitude and longitude numbers are given without the "N" or "W" annotations; in this case, positive latitudes are the same as North latitudes (north of the equator), and negative longitudes are West longitudes.
How to Plot a Hurricane's Position:
If you see a hurricane's position is labeled 33.0N 64.5W, find the latitude line for 33 degrees, and the longitude line for 64.5 degrees, and place a mark on the map. That puts the storm directly over the island of Bermuda.
Download an Atlantic Ocean tracking map.
The following sites contain the most current hurricane and storm data. Use the longitude and latitude data to plot the storm's position.The list below includes links outside of Scholastic.com
Weather Center: Hurricane/Tropical Storm Data
and Storm Tracking for the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Hurricane Center: Tropical Prediction Center