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 2: Hurricane Irene and the Hudson River

***Level 2: Hurricane Irene and the Hudson River

Prepared by Carmen Glenn (New Rochelle HS) & Tom Tokarski (Woodlands HS)

This dataset is in our set of highlighted projects, which means we've developed an expanded metadata file with more background information, resources, and sample inquiry questions. 

Track of Hurricane Irene, August 20 through 29, 2011 (Source: National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Irene caused extensive flood and wind damage as it traveled across the Caribbean and up the East coast of the United States.  The Hurricane made landfall in the United States near Cape Lookout, North Carolina on August 27th, 2011 and was downgraded to a Tropical Storm by the time it hit the New York City region on Sunday, August 28th, 2011. 

Using data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS) you can track the storm and its effect on the river. HRECOS uses automated sensors to record real-time data on Hudson River conditions (temperature, dissolved oxygen, etc) and weather (rainfall, wind speed, etc.) You may want to compare this dataset to our related dataset on Hurricane Sandy to examine how hurricanes can affect the river differently through oceanic storm surge or watershed flooding.              

Click here for Hudson River Conditions During Hurricane Irene Data

Click here for expanded metadata & resources

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: “Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System". 2011. Various stations. Accessed August 18th, 2017. http://www.hrecos.org/.

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