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Old 09-10-2017, 11:15 AM
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Why is the water receding instead of surging near tampa and the west coast of fl?

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Old 09-10-2017, 01:23 PM
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I took Cambium's earlier image and added white arrows along the W FL coast to show overall wind direction. The water is pushed out some because there is such a LARGE area of winds blowing it away from the coast so its enough to keep the water back off the coast some....but as the eye arrives the broad area of winds pushes water back and at the eye the winds are so fast it pushes it back in even faster.

The reason it appears so dramatic is because the water is overall shallow and slowly sloped on the West coast of FL so doesnt take too much to have (dry) ground to walk out on, but that shallowness is why surge can be so high, no where for water to go when it comes back except up.

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