[Coral-List] Hurricane Dean data for Discovery Bay, Jamaica
jim.hendee at noaa.gov
Mon Aug 20 07:47:53 EDT 2007
Our station at West Fore Reef in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, withstood
Hurricane Dean. The maximum averaged hourly gusts measured at the
station were 67.7 knots (77.9 mph), while maximum averaged hourly
sustained winds were 48.5 knots (55.8 mph). The lowest barometer reading
(hourly average) was about 997 millibars. Individual readings throughout
each hour were no doubt higher and lower than these hourly averages. The
station with calibrated instruments was just installed in June
(http://dbjm1-log.blogspot.com), so the data should be pretty accurate.
To retrieve some of the data and view graphs, please visit,
So far as I am aware, these meteorological and oceanographic data are
the most comprehensive (i.e., to include sea temperature, salinity,
light, pCO2, winds, etc.) for a coral reef area before, during and after
a hurricane. A biological survey will be conducted soon.
We hope for the best for all of Jamaica's citizens and their country. We
have not heard from Peter Gayle of Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory yet.
The ICON/CREWS Team
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
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