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Longshore currents on the fringe of Hurricane Anita

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Title: Longshore currents on the fringe of Hurricane Anita.
Name(s): Smith, Ned P., creator
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 1978
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Extent: 6 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 3172964 (digitool), FADT3172964 (IID), fau:5711 (fedora), 10.1029/JC083iC12p06047 (doi)
Note(s): Subsurface current data from a 2-week period in August and September 1977 are compared with coastal wind stress and water level data to describe long shore motion in response to the passage of Hurricane Anita across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Current meters 2 and 10 m above the bottom 21.5 km off the central Texas Gulf coast indicate strongest speeds of approximately 70 and 80 cm/s, respectively, coinciding closely with the time of maximum wind stress. A qualitative comparison of the variations in sea surface slope and wind stress with the recorded long shore current suggests that both wind stress and the long shore pressure gradient combined to produce the strong flow recorded during the storm but that the pressure gradient was primarily responsible for decelerating the current after the storm made landfall.
An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Longshore currents on the fringe of Hurricane Anita. Journal of Geophysical Research, 83(C12), 6047-6051. doi:10.1029/JC083iC12p06047
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #113.
Subject(s): Ocean currents
Littoral drift
Coast changes
Hurricanes --Florida
Continental margins
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Host Institution: FAU