Sediment flow off the Mid-Atlantic coast

September 3rd, 2006 |

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Ernesto produced winds of up to 76 mph and rainfall totals of 10-11 inches (map of rainfall totals) in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach VA area during the past 1-2 days (below, right), and caused widespread flooding problems across much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the US. Terra MODIS true color imagery (below, left) shows large amounts of sediment flowing offshore along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts today, as rain-swollen rivers and bays begin to drain into the Atlantic Ocean.

MODIS true color image Ernesto total rainfall