StormSense

Changing weather patterns, low lying areas, and unpredictability of hurricane formation is a major concern for the City of Virginia Beach. During storm surge and nor’easter events, having real time data can better assist in emergency response and mitigating damages. The recent passing of hurricane Sandy close to Virginia Beach is the most recent reminder and the after effects of such an event. Technological advances are providing new opportunities to monitor rising water levels and predict hours before where flooding can occur. The sensor network will greatly enhance the ability to respond to actual events.​

StormSense Apps provide observational real-time water levels and other weather parameters such as wind, rain etc. from various data sources such as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) and other cities in Hampton Roads region to help in understanding the seasonal patterns of weather events such as Hurricanes, Nor’easters. In addition to it, the app also provides action, minor, moderate and major stages flood level information and relevant mapping information to support Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Public Works (PW) and Public Utilities(PU). The app provides observation such as water levels in ponds, streams that are tidally influenced and several other weather parameters.

Data Sources

  • StormSense – Water Levels Only (6-minute)
  • U.S Geological Survey (USGS) – Several Parameters (6-minutes) – API –
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Water Levels Only (6-minutes)
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)** – Rainfall
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) – Hydrodynamic Modeling Data
  • Windy API – Global Weather Forecasts

StormSense Architecture

Sensor Locations

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