Sep 07 2012

What is a Hurricane Storm Surge and How is it Predicted? (Video)

In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, in which the damage was again done primarily by the storm surge and rain, I thought this video from NOAA rather appropriate. It’s a short instructional video explaining what exactly the “storm surge” is and what they are doing to forecast and predict it using a computer model called SLOSH.

When we think of hurricanes, we tend to think more about the storm force winds but the water is actually the source of the greatest threat and what caused the most damage in Hurricane Katrina as well as Hurricane Isaac.

Another clip with some aerial footage of the storm surge damage of Hurricane Isaac: Helicopter Survey Of Flood Damage From Hurricane Isaac (ABC New Orleans)

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