an abnormal rise in the level of the sea along a coast caused by the onshore winds of a severe cyclone.
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Cyclone, Typhoon, Hurricane: Are They All The Same?Are hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons distinct meteorological phenomena, or just different names for the same horrible type of storm? Cyclones explained Let’s start with cyclone, since it has the clearest and most precise definition of the three. A cyclone is “a large-scale, atmospheric wind-and-pressure system characterized by low pressure at its center and by circular wind motion.” And cyclones spin “counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.” …
Also called storm·tide, surge.
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Examples from the Web for storm surge
After Hurricane Sandy, the NWS concluded that it should use similarly evocative language for storm-surge warnings.
Among the conclusions: the NOAA needs more than one storm-surge modeler and a better social media strategy.
Science definitions for storm surge
See tidal wave.
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