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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2014, 2(1), 33-45; doi:10.3390/jmse2010033

Analysis of Hurricane Irene’s Wind Field Using the Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecast (WRF-ARW) Model

Exponent, One Clock Tower Place, Maynard, MA 01754, USA
Received: 4 December 2013 / Revised: 11 January 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 22 January 2014
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Abstract

Hurricane Irene caused widespread and significant impacts along the U.S. east coast during 27–29 August 2011. During this period, the storm moved across eastern North Carolina and then tracked northward crossing into Long Island and western New England. Impacts included severe flooding from the mid-Atlantic states into eastern New York and western New England, widespread wind damage and power outages across a large portion of southern and central New England, and a major storm surge along portions of the Long Island coast. The objective of this study was to conduct retrospective simulations using the Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecast (WRF-ARW) model in an effort to reconstruct the storm’s surface wind field during the period of 27–29 August 2011. The goal was to evaluate how to use the WRF modeling system as a tool for reconstructing the surface wind field from historical storm events to support storm surge studies. The results suggest that, with even modest data assimilation applied to these simulations, the model was able to resolve the detailed structure of the storm, the storm track, and the spatial surface wind field pattern very well. The WRF model shows real potential for being used as a tool to analyze historical storm events to support storm surge studies.
Keywords: WRF; hurricanes; storm surge; ADCIRC WRF; hurricanes; storm surge; ADCIRC
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Klausmann, A.M. Analysis of Hurricane Irene’s Wind Field Using the Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecast (WRF-ARW) Model. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2014, 2, 33-45.

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