Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New NOAA Product: Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map

After Hurricane Sandy produced some unexpected flooding results along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, initiatives by FEMA and others have gotten underway to update surge and flooding predictive geospatial products. As part of those efforts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center (NHC) will be conducting a two-year trial period of a companion map product. According to a recently issued bulletin, the Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map will show:

  • Geographical areas where inundation from storm surge could occur; and
  • How high above ground the water could reach in those areas.

The map will be issued at the same time as the initial hurricane watch, and will be incorporated into the NHC website. Additional details can be found in the bulletins below or by visiting the NHC Storm Surge website:

(FEMA Bulletin, March 18, 2014)

(NOAA Info Bulletin)

Comment: With the winter we've had, it would be just like Mother Nature to show up with a wallop of a hurricane season (starts June 1st).  Kudos to NHC for this effort!

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