More on Coastal WeatherRip Currents
Swimmers and surfers may fear sharks, but the true nearshore menace is the rip current. This phenomenon was responsible for more deaths in Florida from 1989-2008 – some 364 people -- than all other weather hazards combined. The narrow, swift currents of water traveling out to sea can move faster than an Olympic swimmer and happen in all seasons and weather conditions.
As a result, it goes without saying predicting rip currents can be life-saving. But to do so, meteorologists need to understand the oceanography of coastal waters. Rip Currents: Nearshore Fundamentals can help forecasters understand the coastal circulation and wave dynamics needed to do so with the help of graphics named Honorable Mention in the 2005 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science.COMET Outreach Projects
A study conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and School of Marine Science, the NWS Forecast Office in Wakefield, VA, and the NWS Meteorological Development Laboratory developed and tested a real-time storm tide observation and forecast system. Take a look.
The Hydrologic Research Center and the Melbourne NWS forecast office collaborated on a project to implement a prototype Wavewatch III wave model for the Melbourne forecast area, conduct simulations to test its usefulness, and to evaluate what would be needed to fully develop an operational wave forecast system . Their findings are reported in "Towards development of a rapid response local wave model for the Melbourne, Florida, National Weather Service Forecast office."
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