Tracking Hurricane Irene: map + Twitter, YouTube and Flickr

By Sharon Machlis

Nice map mashup from GIS vendor ESRI to track Hurricane Irene. In addition to the hurricane information itself, which you can get from numerous news and weather sites, ESRI layers in related Flickr photos, YouTube videos and tweets.

The map is built using the ArcGIS API for Flex and runs on ArcGIS Server. Data comes from a variety of sources, including the National Hurricane Center, Open Street Map, Telvent and social media APIs.

Social media results factor in whether the tweets/photos/videos are geographically close to the hurricane. Those results also consider searches on specific tags or keywords. There are default searches in the map now, but you can change them by clicking on the "Social" tab followed by the settings gear icon next to a social media service.

You can see a full-screen version on the ESRI site.

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