MITResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on coastal impacts from hurricanes have run fresh simulations of the possible storm surge as Hurricane Irene hits the New York metropolitan region. Simulations using two surge models (known by their acronyms, SLOSH and ADCIRC) found 1.22 and 1.05 meters of surge (4 and 3.44 feet) of surge at the Battery, at the southern tip of Manhattan.
This would pose serious risks to low installations and the subways but is nowhere near a worst case (think 13 feet, as in 1821)....MORE
Friday, August 26, 2011
MIT: "New York Surge From Irene Looks Bad, But Not Off Charts"
From the New York Times' Dot Earth blog: