Dramatic Weather Report of Hurricane Florence Storm Surge Was Developed in Unreal Engine 4

Dramatic Weather Report of Hurricane Florence Storm Surge Was Developed in Unreal Engine 4

Epic's game engine powers the weather.

If you saw the viral graphic The Weather Channel used earlier this week to demonstrate the deadly effects of the Hurricane Florence storm surge, you might be surprised to know it was developed using Unreal Engine 4.

The Weather Channel's 3D newsroom was used to great effect earlier this week when the channel tried informing viewers of the Hurricane Florence storm surge. We're told that storms can be followed by 3-feet, 6-feet, maybe more of flooding, but for those of us not regularly affected by hurricanes and floods this is difficult to picture. That's why The Weather Channel used its resources to show us what several feet of flooding actually looks like. Check out the clip below.

In an era where news channels are investing in holograms and 3D maps, The Weather Channel decided it wouldn't be caught off-guard and invested in the Unreal Engine according to Wired. Epic Games' senior PR Nick Chester confirmed that the graphic used in The Weather Channel's storm surge coverage was created in Unreal Engine 4.

While Unreal Engine is primarily associated as Epic's popular video game engine used in a variety of Triple-A games, including Fortnite: Battle Royale, Epic's engine has applications beyond just video games. Unreal Engine has been used for VR testing, AR, and other computer applications.

The Weather Channel isn't exactly the most exciting name in news. But that hasn't stopped the channel from using its platform to provide important coverage, especially when it comes to natural disasters and climate change.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina about four hours ago. If you're in the area please follow emergency alerts and stay safe.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

God of War Wins Another GOTY at 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards

The developers have spoken and Sony Santa Monica's God of War is their winner.

Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism

During an on-stage talk with Tim Schafer at DICE Summit 2019, Amy Hennig divulged what's been interesting her as of late.

The Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices.

Matt's Top 10 Games of 2018: Falling Into Place

It was kind of a weird year if I'm being honest.

Florence's Unique Gameplay Captures the Daily Trials of Being in a Relationship

The latest iOS title from Monument Valley's lead designer is a sweet, quaint little journey.

Crusader Kings 3 is Happening, And It Has Some Much-Requested Features

The fan favorite strategy series from Paradox is back in a big way.

What's Your Favorite Video Game Monster?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | We love to be scared of 'em.

More News

Crusader Kings 3 is Happening, And It Has Some Much-Requested Features

The fan favorite strategy series from Paradox is back in a big way.

Humble Monthly Is Getting a Name Change and a Higher Price Point

Humble Monthly will soon be no more, with Humble Choice taking its place.

Final Fantasy 14's Nier: Automata Raid Gets a Release Date and a Ton of New Details

Final Fantasy 14 continues to consume all things Square Enix.