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About Us

Tropical Atlantic is a division of Hollis Innovations, LLC, based in Tampa, Florida. For years in the early 2000's, Hollis Innovations worked on a variety of web applications that were built primarily for a site that we eventually decided not to launch. Most of this technology was made available under a General Public License (GPL) to anyone who wanted to use it. Since then, this technology has been adapted to be used in several sites, primarily our client sites, but most publicly here at Tropical Atlantic. This site is based on technology derived from years of web application development. Our main purpose is to deliver weather content in unique ways.

Tropical Atlantic operates as part of Tropical Globe, which also operates Tropical East Pacific, Tropical Central Pacific, Tropical West Pacific and eventually Tropical North Indian (undeveloped) and Tropical Southern Hemisphere (undeveloped).

Our interest in weather led to the development of this site starting around October 16th, 2005 on another domain we had. Our first product was a script a few days later that downloaded radar data of Hurricane Wilma and created a loop from it in real time since loops were not available on Mexico's radar site at the time. The launch of this site, at this domain, occurred on June 11th, 2006. An early version of our live model system and the very early beginnings of our recon system, which did not yet have live data, occurred later that year.

A small amount of live recon products were available in 2007, but it was not until 2008 that our live recon system with the four main reconnaissance products were available live for the first time in Google Earth.

In 2015, we added the ability to view radar data from NOAA P-3 aircraft in near real time, when available. Because of upgrades to the radar itself, as well as changes to the way the data was released, that feature was only available on our site through the end of 2017.

In 2016, our model system started incorporating tropical cyclone track data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Also in 2016, live recon data became available in CesiumJS after we retired our usage of the Google Earth plugin.

In 2020, we released our worldwide database of weather radars that have imagery that is publicly accessible. That project will always be a work in progress.

Tropical Atlantic is not affiliated with the U.S. government.