Eyes on Hurricane Florence: Data Resources

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Update 11:00 AM 9/17/2018:  Florence is downgraded to a tropical depression and continues to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region.  According to National Weather Service, flash flooding continues over the Carolinas.

 

SECOORA was watching Hurricane Florence as she traversed through the South Atlantic Bight. Stay tuned for reports on wind speeds, wave heights and more. Below is data we provided during the storm.

Taking the Pulse of the Storm

SECOORA assets are providing near real-time information on Hurricane Florence.  Pictured above is the SECOORA Data Portal paired with the NWS Hurricane track plus the HYCOM modeled water temperature and real time sensors layers. Use the portal to visualize Florence’s track with other datasets.


Underwater Gliders Chasing Hurricane Florence


Two gliders were deployed in the South Atlantic Bight ahead of Hurricane Florence making her way to the U.S. eastern seaboard.  These gliders will help identify how hurricanes mix sub-surface and surface waters. This will enable scientists and meteorologist to determine if the cold water mixing into the warmer surface waters will weaken the hurricane. Read more.

Access RAMSES Glider data off coast of North Carolina

Access PELAGIA Glider data off coast of South Caroina 


View Live feeds of Florence as it Approaches

 

Users can choose a camera and view the coastal waters as Florence approaches. This is part of the NOAA NOS Web Camera Applications Testbed (WebCAT) project.

Buxton
North Carolina

Cherry Grove
South Carolina

Folly Beach North
South Carolina

Folly Beach South
South Carolina


Buoys on the East Coast

SECOORA, U.S. IOOS and partners support marine weather buoys off of the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina. The information collected by these assets provide real time updates on the approaching storm’s wind speed and more. See below table for data and click here for a schematic of their locations.

 

Table of Buoys and Link to Data

Station Name (click name for data)

GPS Location

Station Type

Lead Organization

LEJ3

34.2073° N   76.9488° W

Buoy

UNCW

LEJ3Wave

34.2073° N   76.9488° W

Waverider Buoy

UNCW

ILM3

33.9877° N  77.3617° W

Buoy

UNCW

ILM2

34.1445° N  77.7183° W

Buoy

UNCW

ILM2Wave

34.1445° N  77.7183° W

Waverider Buoy

UNCW

SUN2

33.8373° N  78.4768° W

Buoy

UNCW

SUN2 Wave

33.8373° N  78.4768° W

Buoy

UNCW

CAP2

32.8033° N  79.6238° W

Buoy

UNCW

FRP2

32.2745° N  80.4187° W

Buoy

UNCW

Grays Reef NBDC 41008

31°24’0″ N    80°52’5″ W

Buoy

UGA

 


Surface Current Tracking on the East Coast

SECOORA partners operate many High Frequency radars (HFR) in the South Atlantic Bight. HFR provides current direction and speed in near real time. See above of HFR locations. Click the image or here for HFR data.

 


Other Hurricane  Florence Resources

Explore more Hurricane Florence data and other resources for the Southeast U.S. If we are missing a resource, please email abbey@secoora.org to get it included!  Jump to a resource:

SECOORA Real Time Data

 


SECOORA Data Portal

 
 

The SECOORA Data portal allows users to explore, download and visualize ocean and coastal data in the SECOORA domain. When a storm is approaching, check out the sensors map to see the storm data in real time.

 

 Access Data

Buoy Data – Carolinas

 

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program, operates 9 mooring stations in North Carolina and South Carolina.

 

Access Data

High Frequency Radar

 

SECOORA partners operates 13 High Frequency radars (HFR) in the Southeast. HFR provide surface current direction and speed.

 

Access Data


 

Hurricane Tracking

 


NOAA National Hurricane Center

 

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is the trusted source for hurricane information. Resources include predicted storm tracks and wind speed probabilities.

 

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NOAA’s nowCOAST

 

NOAA’s nowCOAST is a GIS-based online web mapping service which provides frequently updated weather and ocean observations, coastal and marine weather warnings and forecasts, and National Hurricane Center potential storm surge flooding maps.

 

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Marine Weather Portal

 

Visit the SECOORA Marine Weather Portal (MWP) for up-to-date weather hazards, tropical cyclone forecasts, and observations as hurricanes and tropical storms approach the southeast. The new National Weather Service Hurricane Threats and Impacts map has been added to the MWP which indicates worse case scenarios for planning purposes.

 

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WeatherFlow StormTrack

 

StormTrack allows you to see the latest predicted track of an identified storm. By using their wealth of real time observations, meteorological tools, and precision models, you can see exactly how each storm is progressing. Each storm page grants access to premium level data for the duration of the storm.

 

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Real Time Florida Coastal Guidance

 

Real time coastal wind, wave, and water level guidance is presented for the east central Florida coast, focusing on the Indian River Lagoon and Brevard County. Model products available on the site include: ADCIRC+SWAN numerical model using NOAA’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) model and the latest forecast/advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

 

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Storm Surge, Flooding, and Coastal Change

 


Storm QuickLook for Hurricanes

 

When NOAA issues a tropical storm warning for the U.S. or its territories, the Storm QuickLook is activated. This online tool is a snapshot of near real-time coastal and weather observations, the latest National Weather Service advisories, and time-series plots of water level and meteorological data at selected locations. 

 

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USGS Flood Event Viewer

 

The USGS Flood Event Viewer (FEV) is the public data discovery component of the Short-Term Network (STN) database. It features 200+ USGS storm surge sensors and rapid deployment real-time gauges.

 

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Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA)

 

CERA is a component of the Advanced Surge Guidance System (ASGS). Based on the Advanced Circulation and Storm Surge model (ADCIRC), coupled with the SWAN Wave model, the ASGS generates real-time storm surge guidance for updating emergency response groups during a tropical or hurricane event. 

 

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USGS Coastal Hazards Portal

 

U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Coastal Change Hazards Portal is an interactive portal that allows you access to forecasts on the probability of dune erosion, overwash, and inundation/flooding. The portal also allows you to view previous storm impacts. The portal is updated regularly as new NOAA surge forecasts are issued and include the impacts of waves and wave runup.

 

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Real Time Data, WebCams and Modeling

 


Surfline Camera Network

 

Surfline has cameras located all across the US. With many cameras in the SECOORA domain, users can choose a location and view live feeds of an approaching storm. They also have detailed surf zone forecasts provided by their LOLA wave model. In addition, explore their “Regional Forecast” and “Premium Analysis” products where a team of meteorologists provide value added observations and forecasts (written, video and audio) 365 days a year, with enhanced coverage during tropical events.

 

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Indian River Lagoon LOBO Systems

 

The Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch operates Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary on the east coast of Florida.

 

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Altimeter-Derived Atlantic Oceanic Heat Content Variability

 

Ocean heat help fuel storms. The satellite derived sea surface temperature maps represents the integrated heat from the surface to the seafloor.  Operated by Nick Shay, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

 

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Coupled Northwest Atlantic Prediction System (CNAPS)

 

CNAPS is a three-dimensional marine environment nowcast and forecast model developed by the Ocean Observing and Modeling Group at North Carolina State University.  This fully coupled ocean circulation, wave, and atmosphere model predicts ocean conditions based on data collected daily.

 

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Web Camera Applications Testbed

 

NOAA NOS Web Camera Applications Testbed (WebCAT) provides an interactive web page to browse both live feeds and historical archived footage from five webcams in the Southeast US (Bradenton, FL; Miami, FL; St. Augustine, FL; Folly Beach, SC; Cherry Grove Pier, SC; and Buxton, NC). Users can choose a camera and view the coastal waters as the storm approaches.

 

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IOOS Regional Associations and Other

 


MARACOOS Storm Resource Center

 

The IOOS region in the Mid-Atlantic, MARACOOS, operates a storm resource page for the East Coast.

 

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GCOOS Hurricane Resource Page

 

The IOOS region in the Gulf of Mexico, GCOOS, has a one-stop location for Gulf of Mexico data and information on extreme weather event such as hurricanes.

 

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CariCOOS Hurricane Season Page

 

The IOOS region in the Caribbean, CariCOOS, has a Hurricane Season page the produces the most up to date information on hurricanes in the Atlantic.

 

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Jyotika’s Tropical Storm Blog

 
 

A fun and educational blog concerning tropical storms and witty weather forecasting. From baby blobs to hectic hurricanes, this blog combines science and humor to inform and entertain.

 

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NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets

 

The NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets (NEWIS) contains regional emergency contact and evacuation information for coastal residents that are particularly at risk from tropical storms and hurricanes. Updated annually, use the countystate, and national databases on their website to search for phone numbers and websites.

 

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