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Old 10-03-2016, 03:44 PM   #1
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Storm Surge Questions

Started to post this in the Matthew Thread, then decided while potentially related, was off topic.


During the storm discussion from a few weeks ago, someone mentioned that there was a site where you could see impact of storm surge. Is there a link?


Is there data where you can see historical water levels from Storm Surge?


How much of storm surge translates through inlets? For example, we hear a forecast for a 6ft storm surge. I would expect that is Surge + Tide level at the coast.

Using an example that I am familiar with, SE Florida, how does storm surge impact the water levels on the ICW.

For example in an approximate 20 mile stretch of coast there are 3 inlets (Government Cut, BakerHaulover, Port Everglades). Does the surge raise the water on the ICW the same amount? What impact does distance from the inlet have?

In some places the distance between the ICW and the Atlantic is not far - has the water level gone over in between the inlets?

As of early summer I no longer have a boat sitting in a slip in that area, but I can't help but run the scenario's if I did.

Thanks for any thoughts,

Mark
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:51 PM   #2
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All you have to do is a web search for "storm surge maps", "storm surge impact maps", etc. to find what you are looking for.
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Try this link for NOAA STorm Surge

I was instructing a Wx class during Hurricane Sandy and I think this is where I grabbed some predictions. I think this is only for named storms and if I recall correctly there was a way to look at archives of historical events.

Another Link for Surge Modeling
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:00 PM   #4
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storm surge is in addition to the tidal range.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:27 PM   #5
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storm surge is in addition to the tidal range.
Most maps indicate if it's with or without.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:35 PM   #6
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You'll find you need to pinpoint locations as it can be tricky. For instance, surge can be higher up a river and away from the ICW. Fort Lauderdale and West Palm have very mild surge while North of West Palm and south to Miami much higher surge. We live on a canal just off the ICW in Fort Lauderdale and the 100 year maximum is less than 6'
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