January 2016 Nor'easter
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    "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) maintains a network of oceanographic and meteorological stations along the United States coastlines and Great Lakes to monitor water levels, winds (speed, direction and gusts), barometric pressure, and air/water temperature. This report documents the elevated water levels, high winds and reduced barometric pressures recorded at stations along the East Coast of the U.S. from Georgia to Maine during the January 22-24, 2016 Nor'easter. Station information and locations are contained in Figures 2-4 and Appendices 1 & 2. Tidal stations are referenced to Mean Higher High Water (MHHW), based on the National Tidal Datum Epoch 1983-2001 (Appendix 3). In addition, at several locations along the U.S. coast, water levels are provided relative to a geodetic reference datum, the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88), to assist in relating water levels to coastal inundation estimates. Table 1 provides storm tide elevations and predicted tide elevations for stations affected by the January 2016 Nor'easter by geographic region. Where available, water level elevations relative to NAVD88 are also presented, along with the residuals at the time of the maximum storm tides. Maximum storm surge levels are summarized in Table 2, ranked by amplitude. Storm tides are the maximum observed water level elevations during a storm passage (Figure1). Residuals are the elevation differences between observed water levels and predicted tides. Storm surge is the residual caused directly by the storm during its passage. Table 3 provides maximum wind speeds, wind gusts, and minimum barometric pressures observed at the stations during the January 2016 Nor'easter. In addition, the report highlights stations which have exceeded historical recorded maximum water levels as a result of the January 2016 Nor'easter (Figure 5). The historical recorded maximum water levels are the maximum water elevations measured throughout a high tide cycle for the entire historical period. A complete high tide cycle is required to apply a best fit curve to the observations and calculate the maximum tide elevation. These historical records may not have included the highest water levels measured at a station during an event if a complete high tide cycle was not measured due to station/sensor damage (Appendix 3). Individual time series graphs are provided for each station (Figures 6 - 64). For comparison and context, the historical recorded maximum water levels are displayed on the graphs, where available."--Overview. [doi:10.7289/V55M640S (https://doi.org/10.7289/V55M640S)]
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    Laurita Alomassor, Kiera O'Donnell, Alison Carisio.

    "June 2016."

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