Explainer: Forecasting Storm Surge with Big Data

The unique shape of the North Carolina coastline makes hurricanes both frequent and devastating. It’s not only the wind and waves that cause trouble, it’s the rapid and unexpected flooding of storm surge that proceeds or follows the wind. UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Science meteorologists gather information on as many as 27 pieces of data about every storm to enter into their model. With the computer model, forecasters can predict the area most likely to experience flooding. 



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