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Auditory Display: Extratropical Storm Hermine, v2

Based on input from our team, research with blind and low-vision (BLV) students in schools, and insights learned over the past year, we have updated our auditory display for the Extratropical Storm Hermine Data Nugget. We updated data sonifications of some meteorological instruments, re-recorded narration audio, and mixed underlying music, sound effects, and data sonification snippets as part of the auditory display. We also added an initial hook track and an introduction. The audio media player is below. Please note that the Ocean Labs data nugget does not include sea wave height as part of its graph (graph image below). Storms also impact sea wave height, and Dr. Leslie Smith acquired this data from the OOI so that we could include it in the sonification and auditory display.

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A time-series plot of five meteorological measurements — relative wind speed, precipitation, surface current, temperature, and salinity — are shown as individual panels stacked vertically. The five time-series plots show the response to the storm passage of Extratropical Storm Hermine over the Pioneer mooring array off the coast of New England during the first week of September 2016. A green band over the data during Sept 5th and 6th highlights how the mooring documented an increase in wind speed, an increase in precipitation, an increase in surface current speed, a decrease in sea surface temperature, and an increase in sea surface salinity.


Smith, Leslie M., Lori Garzio. "Extratropical Storm Hermine." Data Nuggets. Ocean Data Labs. 2020.

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by Jon Bellona


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