Right now, Hurricane Ike is bearing it’s way towards my hometown, Houston, and it’s nice to have something like MSNBC’s Hurricane Tracker while I’m still online.
I really love the way it’s designed. It uses a grayscale Virtual Earth map (which really looks awesome!), and there’s many detailed colored spots showing it’s position and it’s storm category at the time. There’s a nice graphical histogram of the hurricane’s status on the left side, and you can hover over portions of it, and it’s position on the map pops out. Just beautiful. I wish Live Maps had a grayscale view option, because I think it really rocks!
The map legend is great, and MSNBC really paid attention to the detail. I really like it. There isn’t even any notable advertising in the way, until you scroll down out of the Hurricane Tracker, and it’s only then you notice you’re on a typical(ugly) MSNBC page. MSNBC’s Hurricane Tracker for 2008 is great. I hope they design it the same next year.