Journal Highlights

How hurricane winds affect oceanic circulation on the continental shelf

Editor’s Highlight—

 

As the 2012 storm, Hurricane Sandy, crossed the Mid Atlantic Bight continental shelf, there was significant and rapid offshore advection of the bottom Cold Pool. This paper combines ocean observations during the hurricane with state of the art instrumentation and gliders to identify the processes responsible for this, as well as the broader shelf-wide circulation during the extreme and prolonged wind forcing of Sandy. It demonstrates the use of integrated ocean observing systems and regional scale modeling for understanding how the ocean responds to such events. It has applicability not only for hurricane seasons in the mid-Atlantic but also for other regions that experience similar summer tropical storm events.