Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Storm Central

Here's a one-stop shop for background information on how research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) helps society understand and address the coastal impacts of hurricanes and nor'easters. During storm events, we also provide up-to-the-minute data streams, videos, and photos as conditions allow.


Monitor, visualize, and predict the magnitude and impacts of coastal flooding at selected tidal stations in the Chesapeake Bay region in near real time. View data from notable past storms

Web Cams

View water levels in real-time in the VIMS Boat Basin [not currently active]. View time-lapse movies from past storms:
November 2009 nor'easter | Hurricane Isabel


The Virginia Estuarine and Coastal Observing System (VECOS) at VIMS operates a suite of buoys that record wind speed, wave height, and current velocity for various locations throughout Chesapeake Bay. VECOS stations at Sweet Hall Marsh and Taskinas Creek provide real-time data through the National Estuarine Research Reserve data system.

Storm Surge and Sea-Level Rise

The long-term rise in sea level in the Chesapeake Bay region increases the probability of coastal flooding from future storms. Visit our Initiative for Coastal Climate Change Research and Center for Coastal Resources Management to learn more. Read Planning for Coastal Sea-Level Rise by Drs. John Boon, Harry Wang, and Jian Shen.


Researchers at VIMS are striving to develop computer models that can predict a hurricane’s storm tide at the level of individual neighborhoods and streets—a much finer scale than current operational methods.

Tide Charts

Storms that make landfall at or near the time of the astronomical high tide produce the higest storm tides. View Tide Charts for various locations in Chesapeake Bay.

VIMS YouTube Direct

The VIMS YouTube Direct™ page allows you to upload your storm-related videos directly to the VIMS website, allowing us to provide a central video clearinghouse of events affecting Chesapeake Bay. Remember, safety is first. Never put yourself in harm's way in order to capture storm footage or photos.

VIMS Flickr Page

Post your storm photos to the VIMS Flickr page.

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