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Reports from the National Data Buoy Center's Stations During the Passage of Hurricane Irene

20 - 28 August 2011

38 operational observing stations in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico provided more than 1100 hourly meteorological observations in support of analyses, advisories, and numerical modeling for Hurricane Irene from 20-28 August 2011, as Irene passed within 300 nautical miles (nm) of 22 buoys and 16 Coastal-Marine Automated Network (Figure 1). The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on several occasions, used data from these stations to determine Irene's size and intensity (Discussion 8, 27, 26, etc.).

NDBC Stations within 300NM of Hurricane Irene's Track

Figure 1: Hurricane Irene and NDBC Stations



Wind Speed, Gust, and Sea Level Pressure at Cape Lookout, NC during Hurricane Irene

Figure 2: Wind Speed, Gust, and Sea Level Pressure at Cape Lookout, NC during Hurricane Irene



Significant Wave Height at 41036 during Hurricane Irene

Figure 3: Significant Wave Height at 41036 during Hurricane Irene



Wind Speed, Gust, and Sea Level Pressure at Tomas Point, MD during Hurricane Irene

Figure 4: Wind Speed, Gust, and Sea Level Pressure at Tomas Point, MD during Hurricane Irene