17 January 2016
Meteo-Tsunami in Naples Area
Posted by Dan Satterfield
A rare event seems to have happened in SW Florida this morning, as a strong squall line moved through. It’s called a meteo-tsunami, and it pushed water levels up by over 5 feet! The squall line also produced at least two tornadoes, with one of them causing significant damage to 14 homes near Cape Coral. A real clue that this was indeed a meteo tsunami, is the pressure couplet recorded by the Naples tide buoy.
Dr. Marshall Shepherd at the University of Georgia (Past President of the AMS) has more on this event and just what a meteo tsunami is here.
It’s dfficult to get worked up when neither plot has a vertical scale.