North Sea storm spares England and the Netherlands

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:35 PM GMT on November 09, 2007

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A massive fall storm over Europe's North Sea generated winds near hurricane force last night that pushed a dangerous storm surge near 1.5 meters (4.65 feet) in height to the southeastern English coast this morning. The storm surge was much lower than originally feared, due in part to the fact it did not hit at high tide. The surge did breach sea defenses and caused some minor coastal flooding in England. It was feared that the storm might rival the great North Sea Flood of 1953 that breached the dikes in the Netherlands. Over 2,000 people died in northern Europe in that storm, mostly in the Netherlands. While today's storm did not approach the 1953 storm in severity, it did bring the highest storm surge seen in the past 20 years to the North Sea. The massive flood gates that protect the Dutch port of Rotterdam were closed for the first time since they were constructed in the 1990s. From early media accounts, the gates did their job admirably, protecting the Netherlands from inundation. Water levels reached 3.16 meters above mean sea level in the southern Netherlands, and 3.40 meters above sea level in the northern Netherlands, with no flooding reported. The floods of 1953 saw Dutch waters rise to 3.85 meters (12.6 ft) above sea level. Today's storm was not the remains of Hurricane Noel, which is currently over northern Canada.


Figure 1. Visible satellite image of Europe from 1322 GMT November 8, 2007. A powerful 975 mb low pressure system centered north of England ("L" on the image) was pushing a strong cold front southwards towards Western Europe. Image credit: University of Bern, Switzerland.


Figure 2. Forecast waves heights at 6am Greenwich time, Friday November 9, 2007, as predicted by NOAA's Wavewatch III model.

Tropical update
An area of disturbed weather over the extreme southern Caribbean, near Panama, is under about 20 knots of wind shear. The computer forecast models are predicting that some development of this region may occur by Sunday, when wind shear is expected to fall below 20 knots. However, the models are less keen on this prospect than yesterday. Any system that might form is expected to move westward and affect Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

I'll have an update Monday morning, unless there's some new development this weekend.

Jeff Masters

Gales at the Butt (kevindonner)
Storm force winds made taking a good picture difficult, as the lence of the camara got salt on it.
Gales at the Butt

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121. BajaALemt
4:12 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
LOL, HI...exactly, my point
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119. Bonedog
11:14 AM EST on November 09, 2007
hmmm I need conframation here. Can someone else look at a visable loop of the north east and tell me what you see south of long island between Sandy Hook and Hempstead??

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118. Patrap
10:14 AM CST on November 09, 2007
Just Google "Patrap Images"..I laughed for half an hour..
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117. flaboyinga
11:04 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Pat every time I think you have hit the peak , you top yourself and amaze a little more with the Stuff you dredge up. We need to contact those archiologists on the link you posted to have a Patrap museum of Louisiana Lore set up and jumpstarted into operation.
116. V26R
4:11 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Morning All
Getting really cloudy here now and dead calm

Something tells me I should have my Aluminum hat on
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115. Bonedog
11:11 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Checking now NE I see something that i am trying to decifer.
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114. Patrap
10:08 AM CST on November 09, 2007
Hey SL. The Cake House on St Charles Ave here. Did Cable Install there in the 90's. Lotsa stairs.LOL

Link
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113. HIEXPRESS
4:10 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
71. BajaALemt

"It's no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another."
George W. Bush,
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112. NEwxguy
3:59 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
bone
still looks like this is forming pretty far out,has anything changed?
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111. ShenValleyFlyFish
10:05 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Dagnabit I can never have a truly new or original Idea. About a year ago i said to a friend if I had the money and time I'd get a lot in NOL and sink part of a barge to about street level and have it tethered at all four corners to spools with cable enough to float that baby to the deepest the water could get. Then i'd build a house on it. Bet it would catch on and a body could make some money. Buddy roflao. I coulda been a contender! lol
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110. SouthernLady
10:05 AM CST on November 09, 2007
Morning all! Pat, you are on a roll today! LOL

Glad England was spare the brunt and the floodgates worked in the Netherlands!
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108. BajaALemt
4:01 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
*laffs*
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107. Patrap
10:01 AM CST on November 09, 2007
BArry White rings in me skull..I need white wine.
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105. Buhdog
3:55 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Floodman......

Many of LBJ's cicil policies were the direct result of Kennedey. I believe he followed through with them to show humanity and to deflect criticism about the way he handled the cover up of RFK's death.

I also think he was reposible for many deaths not related to war....if you were to research it, there is little doubt of his corruption.

Of course...IMHO...to clarify.
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104. Patrap
9:58 AM CST on November 09, 2007
M-60s are Certain Nomenclature for all. Check with the armorer.
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103. Bonedog
10:58 AM EST on November 09, 2007
are we are electing the cabnit postion by ignore list size or some other nomination?
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102. Bonedog
10:56 AM EST on November 09, 2007
well its begining up here. Cloud deck is lowering and thickening. Ominous looking black low level clouds to me SW over the water
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101. Patrap
9:56 AM CST on November 09, 2007
I hereby nominate GulfScotsman to be Promoted to the Rank Of Admiral of the GOM. For west Bound Cyclone protectorate. Im sure his nomination will be swift.
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100. Floodman
9:56 AM CST on November 09, 2007
98. Patrap 9:56 AM CST on November 09, 2007
And as my first act as Linkmaster/Governor of the Rules of the Road, Troll defence is now a "Cabinet Level" Position.



So, are we installing the M60s?
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99. BajaALemt
3:52 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Pat? This one cracks me up!!!

Link
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98. Patrap
9:55 AM CST on November 09, 2007
And as my first act as Linkmaster/Governor of the Rules of the Road, Troll defence is now a "Cabinet Level" Position.

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97. Sophmom
10:51 AM EST on November 09, 2007
I can safely say that Pat is responsible for more bookmarks on my Google toolbar than any other single individual, save me. You most certainly are the LINKMASTER!
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96. Floodman
9:51 AM CST on November 09, 2007
91. Buhdog 9:50 AM CST on November 09, 2007
LBJ was not a good man. He is responsible for many deaths imho....sorry.



Show me another President who wasn't; they're people, with the weaknesses and infirmities that plague us all; some very good things came out of Johnson's presidency, as well as some very bad things...I'm not too happy, personally, about the Gulf of Tonkin...but the Civil Rights work that came out of his administration was exemplary
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95. Bonedog
10:53 AM EST on November 09, 2007
:( I cant watch youtube :( stupid IT Nazi's
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94. BajaALemt
3:50 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Cute, Pat
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93. Floodman
9:49 AM CST on November 09, 2007
The motion has been seconded...any dissenters?
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92. Patrap
9:49 AM CST on November 09, 2007
The Music Still flows Strong In the Blog...Link
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91. Buhdog
3:49 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
LBJ was not a good man. He is responsible for many deaths imho....sorry.
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90. BajaALemt
3:48 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Yes, you ARE the LinkMaster!
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89. Patrap
9:46 AM CST on November 09, 2007
In a More Formal time here..I was ,and still am
The Linkmaster,Swoooosh,..ahhhhhhhhhhh


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88. Bonedog
10:48 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Lol I second the nomination
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87. BajaALemt
3:47 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
PRESTO!
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86. Patrap
9:46 AM CST on November 09, 2007
Wanna see me Pull a Rabbit outta my ,er..hat?
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85. Floodman
9:45 AM CST on November 09, 2007
flaboy, good morning! How are you this morning?
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84. Floodman
9:43 AM CST on November 09, 2007
76. Patrap 9:39 AM CST on November 09, 2007
LBJ;s Transcripts from his 1965 Hurricane Betsy visit. Beginning at the Airport.And thru individual talks with common folk. fascinating stuff.

Link



Patrap, if no one has done it yet, I appoint you official Librarian and Chief Archivist of the blog...you are simply amazing!
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83. flaboyinga
10:43 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Mornin folks. The situation in the N Sea are has stirred up a wealth of great info. I have tied to read a lot of it and the posting has been greatly appreciated. THANKS.
82. Patrap
9:43 AM CST on November 09, 2007
I like IKE
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81. BajaALemt
3:43 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
*agrees with Storm*

Mornin, Storm, btw
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80. Bonedog
10:42 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Thank you Storm. It was before my time so I cant remeber my history books for some reason right now.
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79. Floodman
9:42 AM CST on November 09, 2007
Yep, Storm...Eisenhower
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78. Floodman
9:35 AM CST on November 09, 2007
LOL, Bone...I may not agree with the Administration, but I support, honor and respect our troops
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76. Patrap
9:37 AM CST on November 09, 2007
LBJ;s Transcripts from his 1965 Hurricane Betsy visit. Beginning at the Airport.And thru individual talks with common folk. fascinating stuff.

Link
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75. Bonedog
10:38 AM EST on November 09, 2007
Baja or we will read and laugh because of the stupidity to the staements
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74. BajaALemt
3:38 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
And I can only IMAGINE the stuff he says OFFcamera
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73. Bonedog
10:35 AM EST on November 09, 2007
I forget what president it was but he was comanding general during D-Day (pardon my forgetfulness) he actual had writen a speech if we didnt suceced and its opening lines were I am sorry to all the American families that have lost a loved one on this terrible day. I take full on coustodial responsiblity for each loss. Blame noone but me.


Find anyone today that would say that.
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72. BajaALemt
3:37 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Im thinkin he has a potty mouth
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71. BajaALemt
3:35 PM GMT on November 09, 2007
Twenty years from now, maybe we'll get to read Georgie's transcripts...and we'll be laughing so hard we'll spew DENTURES instead of coffee
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