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storm surge (plural storm surges)

  1. An unusual rise in sea level on a coast due to the action of high winds.
    • 1965, N. Arthur Pore, "Chesapeake Bay Extratropical Storm Surges," Chesapeake Science, vol. 6, no. 3, p. 172:
      The storm surge is defined as the difference between the observed tide and the predicted astronomical tide and is considered to be the meteorological effect on sea level.

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