Historic Blizzard Rips across New England; New York City Largely Spared @wunderground
~Dr. Jeff Masters and Bob Henson~ The Massachusetts coastline experienced high waves, moderate coastal flooding, and a few areas of major coastal flooding this morning. According to the Boston Globe, Scituate, located southeast of Boston, reported “rapidly deteriorating conditions’’ after the predawn high tide, with residents along Central Avenue and Surfside Road calling for help to evacuate their flooded homes. Preliminary data from the NOAA Tides and Currents website shows that the storm surge in Boston Harbor (the amount delivered by the storm above normal high and low tides) was exceeding 4.5 feet as of 11:00 am EST–considerably higher than expected. This surge is higher than the maximum storm surge observed in the blizzard of February 1978, but slightly less than the 5 feet observed in the “Perfect Storm” of Halloween 1991. Fortunately, the maximum surge occurred as the tide was going out; during the 4:30 am Tuesday high tide, the surge was lower, about 3.2 feet. Read more.