Thursday, October 3, 2013

Catching Up with News from the Past Year

Hurricane Hal's Storm Surge blog will be updated frequently in the next few days to provide perspective on coastal flooding associated with Tropical Storm Karen, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico this morning.

But before we get to Karen....I just wanted to touch base with fans of this blog to catch up on some of the highlights of the past year. Unfortunately, I've had little time for blogging, as work has been so busy. But I did want to send a warm thank you to all of the  fans that read this page and provided encouragement. I received correspondence from readers as far away as New Zealand!

A few highlights from the past year...

1. SCIPP Projects: SCIPP has been continuing to generate cutting-edge climate research on topics as varied as drought in the plains to coastal flooding and sea-level rise along the Gulf Coast. We've been developing new web tools that provide information on topics such as reservoir levels and historic storm surge inundations.

SCIPP continues to generate cutting-edge research on topic as varied as drought in the plains and coastal flooding/ sea-level rise along the Gulf Coast.

2. Publications:

EOS Transactions featured a front-page article on SURGEDAT this past June. The article basically provides a snapshot of our global database. Several additional articles are nearing the end of the review process. These articles have analyzed how tropical cyclones generate storm surge. In summary, we've found that storm surge levels correlate better with pre-landfall wind speeds, particularly 18 hours before landfall, than they do with tropical cyclone winds at landfall. We also found pre-landfall tropical cyclone size correlates about as well as pre-landfall winds for generating surge. I will post more info about these publications, once they go to press.

                                               Snapshot of the EOS Transactions Article

3. New Website Look and Functionality:
The SURGEDAT website now has a new look and new functionality. A global surge map enables users to map surge events of given magnitudes. Also, we now have an interactive surge tool that enables users to map out surge/ storm tide observations from past surge events along the U.S. Gulf Coast. We've also added surge/ storm tide maps of the top 10 highest surge events along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Check out the SURGEDAT website at:

The SURGEDAT website now has a new look, and new features as well.

The SURGEDAT website now has storm surge/ storm tide maps for the top 10 highest magnitude surge events along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. This is a map of the surge/ storm tide produced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which was the highest-magnitude surge event in modern U.S. history.

4. Where do we go from here?
I will be updating the blog frequently in the next few days as TS Karen approaches the Gulf Coast. Look for updates to provide historical context to Karen's observed and forecast surge.

After the storm passes, I'm planning to update this blog more frequently with information about historical surge observations, research and planning/ preparedness for coastal flood events.

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