Delaware versus Chesapeake revisited

January 26, 2016

(This article was first published on AdventuresInData, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

In this earlier post, I analyzed tidal water surface elevation data from the NOAA PORTS system from both the Delaware Estuary and the Chesapeake Bay, showing how the two systems react very differently to the tidal forcing at their Atlantic Ocean boundaries.  Animated plots may be even more effective at demonstrating this difference in response.  In the Delaware, the tidal fluctuation is amplified as it is translated upstream, but in the Chesapeake it is dampened.

On January 23rd, you can see the influence of the surge from winter storm Jonas.

This graph was created in R using the animation library.

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