An article published in the Falmouth Enterprise 10-30-15
“It’s not the wind; it’s the water.” That was the theme of the presentation on Tidal Surge that was sponsored by the Old Stone Dock Association.
Last Friday night (10/23/15), one hundred residents gathered at the Casino Wharf Restaurant to hear Menauhant meteorologist “Doc” Taylor talk about the causes and effects of tidal surges in Buzzards Bay and the Vineyard Sound coast. He showed several photographs from the course of three hurricanes to illustrate the sequence of inshore flooding that can accompany a hurricane.
Dr. Taylor explained that a surge only occurs when waves hit the land. The slope of the ocean floor, the forward speed of the hurricane, and the barometric pressure of the storm are the key variables that drive the storm surge. Interestingly, a small island like Na