Forecasting Deadly Storm Surges
When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, more than 1800 people in New Orleans, Louisiana, lost their lives. Many of these deaths, though, didn’t come from the 200 mile-per-hour winds or the heavy rains: They resulted from a devastating storm surge, a phenomenon that scientists are trying to predict with more accuracy than ever before.
Storm surges are unusual rises in water levels caused by a storm. They can be enormously destructive; the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina measured almost 27 feet above the normally dry ground, wreaking havoc when it made landfall.
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By: Inside Science.