On August 22nd Irene formed near Puerto Rico to become the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season. Irene continued its track through the Caribbean and Bahamas building strength before turning north, paralleling the east coast of the United States, finally making landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on August 27th followed by a second landfall in the Northeast.

Hurricane Irene passed along Florida's east coast as a Category 2 to Category 3 storm reaching top winds of 120 mph.  Irene's wind and swell impacted the east Florida waters from August 25th through August 27th as the storm center passed within 250 miles of Florida's shores.  On August 28th TNC Oceanographic inspected their wave monitoring stations affected by Irene.  Two stations in Melbourne Beach Florida were inspected and were found to have suffered no ill effects from Irene.  One wave gauge was recovered from each station (-10 ft and -30 ft) to analyze data collected from the significant wave event.  Below is a plot of the significant wave height as Hurricane Irene passed by the stations.

Additional data will become available in the near future as other stations are scheduled for inspection and additional processing of collected data remains.  Irene was the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic Tropical Season so please continue to check back for updates as the season progresses.