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Birds-Eye and Fish-Eye Views of Irene’s Floodwaters

Approaching the anniversary of last year’s landfall in New York City of Tropical Storm Irene, I decided to make some animations of that storm’s flood elevations and water currents.  The model-based animations have voice-overs explaining what happened in the water during … Continue reading

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Irene Update, 1:00am Sunday: Goodnight Irene, Goodnight

Irene’s eye and peak intensity are now about 9 hours away, and most of NYC is either sleeping or regretting that third 16 oz hurricane.  The latest National Hurricane Center forecast (11 pm) calls for the center of Irene to pass … Continue reading

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Irene Update: 8am Saturday – 24 Hours Away [4pm update]

Hurricane Irene’s eye and peak intensity are now about 17 hours away, though the storm is already impacting our weather.  The latest National Hurricane Center forecast (2pm) calls for the center of Irene to pass right along the New Jersey coast … Continue reading

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NYC Storm Surge Evacuation Map PDF

The NYC Office of Emergency Management website is bogged down a bit already and warns of possible slowdowns.  Here’s a re-post of the hurricane storm surge flooding evacuation map, to help get it out there.  Mayor Bloomberg plans to make … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irene: Parallels with 1821?

[temporary note:  With Irene approaching our area, I’ll mention that it has shown some weakening instead of strengthening on Friday, so it extremely unlikely to have a similar strength or impact to the Hurricane of 1821.  Check the latest updates … Continue reading

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Jamaica Bay: Pollution, Flooding and Human Vulnerability

Jamaica Bay is often referred to as New York City’s “ecological crown jewel”, and it is indeed a spectacular location to view migrating birds or catch large sport fish like striped bass, among other positives.  However, the bay has some … Continue reading

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Rain-Wind-Tide Flooding Trifecta

Though it will in no way compare to the ongoing flooding problems in other regions of our continent, we’ll likely be hearing about our own sogginess at some flood-prone parts of the region from now through Thursday.  Any flooding that … Continue reading

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Rain- and Wind-Driven Coastal Flooding

I’ve been receiving automated notifications on coastal flooding from the Storm Surge Warning System today.  The nor’easter that is hitting us is packing 20-40 mile per hour winds, and driving water against our shorelines.  Water levels are expected to peak … Continue reading

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Can NYC Beaches get Swallowed by the Sea in a Storm?

There’s some recent alarming news yet simultaneously comforting news for those in the New York City region concerned about coastal flooding.  On one hand, two geologists have assembled a 2000-year record of hurricane storm surges that washed over the area’s … Continue reading

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The NYC Storm Surge Threat

New York City is highly vulnerable to a hurricane strike due to its location near the coast where winds and storm surges are usually at their maximum.  On one hand, we are fortunate that direct hurricane strikes are extremely rare … Continue reading

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