PacIOOS Ocean Observing and Forecasting Tools in Action


PacIOOS Ocean Observing and Forecasting Tools in Action

Two very large north swells generated exceptionally high waves across the Hawaiian Islands. The wave buoy off Waimea Bay measured 27.8 ft significant wave height on Monday, February 21st — a new record breaking height since the initial deployment of the buoy in 2001. The PacIOOS wave run-up forecast for Oʻahu’s North Shore suggested two potential flooding events due to the extremely large swells. Residents, businesses, and local officials prepared properties and infrastructure along the north facing shores, which indeed experienced inundation of houses and overtopping of streets. For users of Haleiwa Harbor, PacIOOS also provides the Harbor Surge Forecast to provide advance notice of the potential for strong currents within the harbor that may cause damage to boats and infrastructure. LINKS

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.