I have found a great source for historical hurricane data, but I can't seem to find a way to download the track information. It appears that you can only view the data on the website. I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue, and if anyone knows a way to get access to the data (either as a .shp or .kml).

Here's the website: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/hurricanes/#

Yes I did see this, I was hoping there was some data already made. Wishful thinking. Guess I will make the files.


Did you see the Download button in the upper-right corner? http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ibtracs/index.php?name=wmo-data

  • in 2020, this 404s... – Kyle Pennell Sep 1 '20 at 17:46

If you click on the download link in the top right it takes you to this page which allows the download of data in a number of formats, including csv, from which you can parse the data into a shapefile using the gis of your choice (or python).


As of 2018-09-25 the links listed above all point to 404 errors. I have found downloadable (FGDB format) historic tracks (1900-2013) at:


Search for the phrase "Tropical Cyclone Storm Segments", then click the Download button, which takes you to an ftp site:


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