Preparing for Hurricane Isaias

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July 31st, 2020

The MARACOOS team and our partners have been preparing for the pending arrival of Hurricane Isaias, currently forecast to hit the Mid-Atlantic on Monday night. Ocean observations contribute to improved forecasting for storms. Working with other IOOS regions in the North Atlantic storm pathway (CARICOOS, GCOOS, SECOORA, and NERACOOS), MARACOOS provides valuable information on coastal hazards that impact safety and property. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the tools and data for the Mid-Atlantic.

  • The MARACOOS Storm Resource Center is frequently updated and has links to MARACOOS and partner resources for before, during and after the storm.
  • MARACOOS OceansMap is our go-to resource for visualizations and access to datasets
  • MARACOOS partners currently have 5 underwater gliders deployed in the Mid-Atlantic. Gliders provide information about what is happening below the surface before, during and after the hurricane passes, which is critical to the national effort to improve hurricane forecasting.
  • Our satellite team continues to make 35 near-real-time products available through our Satellite ERDDAP Server.
  • The Mid-Atlantic HF-Radar Network has 41 sites between Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod which deliver information on surface currents up to 100 miles from shore.
  • All of the data collected and more continue to feed our regional and bay models (Doppio and ChesROMS) that support regional forecasting.

We will continue to monitor the storm and communicate through our website and social media channels. If you have any questions or additional resources to add please contact