2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

Level 1: Hurricane Impacts on a Hudson River Tributary

Level 1: Hurricane Impacts on a Hudson River Tributary

Hurricanes are a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm. These catastrophic storms can produce significant thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, floods, and wind gusts exceeding 155 miles per hour.1

The Hudson Valley has experienced effects from many different hurricanes over the years. Below you will find a dataset that provides information about Wappinger Creek's historical peak flow. These data were compiled by researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Data sampling location was at Wappingers Creek at Red Oaks Mill in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Historic Peak Flow on Wappinger Creek Data >

 

We have also provided more specific data about how Hurricane Floyd impacted Wappinger Creek in Millbrook, NY. Hurricane Floyd struck the east coast of the United States in September 1999. This storm formed off the coast of Africa on September 7 and reached Florida by September 15. It then made its way up the east coast, reaching Long Island by 8:00pm on September 16.2 This hurricane caused major destruction in many of the areas that it affected.

These data were collected by Vicky Kelly, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Data sampling location was at the Wappinger Creek in Millbrook, NY. When comparing these data to the historic peak flow data above, be sure to take the different sampling locations into consideration.

Hurricane Floyd's Impacts on Wappinger Creek Data >

 

We also have a related lesson on Hurricane Floyd on our Teaching Materials page, which you may wish to complete before using this dataset.

Data Source: Data collected by Vicky Kelly, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies at Wappinger Creek, Millbrook, NY.

*Thumbnail image of Hurricane Sandy provided by NASA.

1 http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

2 http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/assessments/pdfs/floyd.pdf

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