Coastal Storm Jonas

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USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network in preparation for the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard.

In response to the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard January 22-24, 2016, the USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network. USGS teams in 5 states worked to install storm-tide and wave sensors in coastal areas that were expected to receive moderate to major tidal flooding from this storm. About 125 sensors from the Delaware coast north to southern Connecticut were deployed. Some of these sensors (rapid-deployment gages) provided real-time tide and meteorological data where needed to assist local emergency management and flood-forecast efforts. We plan to recover and process the sensors over the next week or two, with data being available from the USGS storm-tide mapper at http://stn.wim.usgs.gov/noreasterjan2016.

Hydrologic Technician installing an auxiliary sensor

Patrick Bowen installing an auxiliary wave sensor at USGS station 01409335, Little Egg Inlet near Tuckerton, NJ.(Credit: Michal Niemonczynski, USGS. Public domain.)

Technician installing a wave sensor at a SWaTH site

Patrick Bowen installing a wave sensor to a utility pole at SWaTH transect site number NJOCE08009(Credit: Michal Niemoczynski, USGS. Public domain.)

Installing a wave sensor at a SWaTH site

Brian Painter of NJWSC installing wave sensor on the beach at SWaTH site number NJCAP04830(Credit: Michal Niemonczynski, USGS. Public domain.)