The HMT-Southeast Pilot Study (HMT-SEPS) is a field project intended to be the first step in examining various scientific questions across the Southeast. The HMT-SEPS project will largely focus on quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) in western portions of North Carolina with some observational resources placed or supported in central and eastern North Carolina and other portions of the Southeast. The HMT-SEPS project has an instrumentation package in New Bern , NC that includes a 449 MHz Digital Wind Profiler, a surface meteorological observation package, and other equipment. New Bern is located rather close to the forecast track of Arthur and these data sets will be interesting to watch during the event.
Another interesting data set to watch will be the Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment- CERA Real-Time Storm Surge and Wave Visualization Tool. The CERA tool was created at Louisiana State University in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The information shown on the CERA websites is produced by a system that generates real-time surge and wave guidance based on two models: ADCIRC for surge and Simulating Waves Nearshore (SWAN) for waves. ADCIRC and SWAN produce different output than what you get with SLOSH and wave models that you currently view because they use different inputs, are coupled, or dependent, on each other’s data, have different science within the model, and are run at different resolutions.