Persistent winds and a weakened current in the mid-Atlantic contributed to higher than normal sea levels along the Eastern Seaboard in June and July, according to a new NOAA technical report.
After observing water levels 6 inches to 2 feet higher than originally predicted, NOAA scientists began analyzing data from select tide stations and buoys from Maine to Florida and found that a weakening of the Florida Current Transport - an oceanic current that feeds into the Gulf Stream - in addition to steady and persistent Northeast winds, contributed to this anomaly.
"The ocean is dynamic and it's not uncommon to have anomalies," said Mike Szabados, director of NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. "What made this event unique was its breadth, intensity and duration."
Click here for a report on MarineLink.com, which contains a link to the report.