High waves during storm? New forecast model tries to predict

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — How high will water really get during a storm? A pilot program uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey and NOAA to try to answer this question for coastal residents and visitors.

The model takes into account data that’s already available on storm surge and tides and combines it with information on wave run-up, or how high waves will get on the beach. Officials say this gives a fuller picture and could help in all sorts of weather, not just big storms like hurricanes.

The U.S. Geological Survey and NOAA have started the pilot in North Carolina, Florida and Massachusetts.

Oceanographers say they hope to make the hour-by-hour forecast on beachfront changes available to emergency managers and forecasters in most Gulf and Atlantic states up to 102 hours before storms.

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