Hurricanes are not to blame for most big storm surges in Northeast

Posted In News, Sea Level Rise
Feb
15

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A Nor’easter brought rain, wind and flooding on Nov. 7, 2012 to parts of the Outer Banks already hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, and likely caused additional damage along N.C. 12 in Dare County. Captions And Photo source: ©© NCDOTcommunications
A nor’easter gets its name from the strong northeasterly winds blowing over coastal areas. They are most common between September and April and form off the East Coast of the U.S. Captions source: USGS

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Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern U.S., right? Wrong, according to a study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists. Extratropical cyclones , including nor’easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast…

Read Full Article; PhysOrg (02-15-2018)

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