Using Ocean Technology to Capture Hurricane Matthew in Real Time

As Matthew moved from the Bahamas to the Carolinas, ocean observing technology – such as buoys - captured waves over 20 feet and wind speed of over 50 knots along its’ path.

Hurricane Matthew was the first category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007.  After wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, Matthew started its path along the southern Atlantic seaboard of the US as a category 3 hurricane, eventually making landfall as a category 1 hurricane north of Charleston, SC on Oct. 8. Maximum sustained winds were near 120 mph during the US portion of its track.  The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System (SECOORA) responded to the storm in real time.

SECOORA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, coordinates coastal and ocean monitoring activities in the southeast United States in partnership with NOAA, U.S. IOOS and a number of other public and private interests. SECOORA supports marine weather buoys and high frequency radar coastal stations located in the impact zone of Matthew. One buoy operated by University of North Carolina Wilmington reported wind speed of over 42 knots or 48 mph.

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