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The Weather Channel uses Unreal Engine to illustrate Hurricane Florence's storm surge

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Sep 14, 2018
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  1. It is one thing to hear and try to imagine what a nine-foot wall of water might look like outside your home but it’s another thing entirely to actually see it. Through a partnership between The Weather Group and The Future Group forged earlier this year, that’s exactly what we’re getting now from The Weather Channel.

    Using the Unreal Engine, The Weather Channel was able to create a mixed reality broadcast that’s reasonably convincing. Some will no doubt call it little more than fearmongering on the part of The Weather Channel but if visuals like this are enough to convince people to evacuate, so be it.

    Michael Potts, Weather Channel's vice president of design, said it was created to evoke the automatic visceral reaction, to imagine that this could be real. Potts added that people are sharing it with friends and family as a warning tool and that the amount of engagement they’ve seen across various platforms has been some of the highest they’ve ever seen.

    Florence made landfall earlier today and is expected to batter the Carolinas over the coming days.

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  2. NahNood

    NahNood TS Addict Posts: 121   +64

    Glad it wasn't Frostbite.
    aMerkuri likes this.
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    Love it. Really puts it into prospective for those thinking they'll stay and protect their home.
    Fearghast, davislane1 and Raytrace3D like this.
  4. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 413   +416

    Home washed away or damaged?
    Rebuild now using V Bucks.
    davislane1 likes this.
  5. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Addict Posts: 107   +106

    That was an effective demonstration. Really puts things in perspective. Great use of the Unreal Engine.
    m3tavision likes this.
  6. Someone's still going to try and stick around to pick up the quad.
  7. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 296   +210

    Excellent use of gaming technology and it definitely allows us to visualize how dangerous this hurricane can be! Hopefully viewers heed it!
  8. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 343   +195

    Now just waiting for the game WEATHER: Can you survive?
    Danny101 likes this.
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 786   +173

    Thankfully it was downgraded to a category 1 and the damage is minimal
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    the damage in many places shouldnt really be described as "minimal". category only refers to wind speed, not rainfall, storm surge, flood potential, etc.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  11. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 768   +293

    Not the only unreal thing the Weather Channel has put on. By way of Mike Sidel. A weather survival game sounds interesting. Survive the Cat 5.
  12. Avenger001

    Avenger001 TS Booster Posts: 57   +44

    Where can I download this map?
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I live in all sorts of weather but it's a neat O look at what could happen if you live where it can get flooded so badly. Can't flood here not the way were I live in Florida was designed against flooding. Not everywhere can floods...
  14. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Maniac Posts: 260   +169

    I agree.
    It was a great use of that Engine. And was also a high quality production, for such little notice/time.
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  15. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Maniac Posts: 260   +169

    You live in Florida & claim you are floodproof?
  16. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 768   +293

    It's possible. Most floods are drainage floods, meaning flowing from a higher elevation to a lower elevation. Florida is fairly flat, so most rainfall stays where it fell and puddles.
  17. RaXelliX

    RaXelliX TS Rookie

    I think for this I'd rather pick up protection or haste.
  18. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Maniac Posts: 260   +169

    Florida is flat, but also extremely close to water line. Not much elevation at all in Florida, the WHOLE STATE would be subject to a storm surge... (+9')
  19. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 768   +293

    True, but there is another aspect that people forget. As hurricanes approach. they lose the deepwater fuel that they feed off of. As the water gets shallower the storm loses strength. 9 times out of 10 they are always downgraded just before landfall. Hurricane Andrew may have been the strongest storm, a cat 5 (165 mph), to ever struck Florida and wind was the primary damage. If that same storm had struck in the other Gulf and Atlantic states, then storm surge would have been more of a factor.

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