“Hurricane” Hal Needham is a storm surge scientist who specializes in data-driven storm surge analysis. He is the founder and president of Marine Weather and Climate.
The U-Surge Project has launched with a community storm surge page for Apalachicola, Fla. This project will provide site-specific storm surge history and analysis for at least 50 U.S. cities from Texas to Maine. [Visit the U-Surge Project]
The Apalachicola dataset contains 35 historical storm surge observations since 1880. The highest recorded storm surges have both reached 10 feet (3.05m) in the city. In 1903, an unnamed hurricane produced a 10-foot (3.05m) storm tide, and in 1985, Hurricane Elena generated a 10-foot (3.05m) storm surge. [Visit the U-Surge Apalachicola Page]
A histogram of recorded storm surges shows how these two large flooding events stand out from others in recorded history. Each site will contain histogram and time series graphs that depict recorded storm surge for that community.
Check back next Monday, when I will launch a new city in the U-Surge Project.