Meet SLOSH, NOAA's most self-aware acronym yet. - Grist


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Meet SLOSH, NOAA’s most self-aware acronym yet.

The Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes tool was developed by the National Weather Service to predict the height of storm surges — something that would come in handy for mitigating some of the disaster caused by the most recent bouts of flooding in Louisiana, for example.

That’s some serious subject matter, but let’s talk about that name for a second: SLOSH. Slosh! I slosh, you slosh, she’s sloshed.

In case you were wondering if NOAA scientists are getting their kicks anywhere they possibly can, well, here’s a description of one of the models that make up SLOSH:

Composite Approach – Predicts surge by running SLOSH several thousand times with hypothetical hurricanes under different storm conditions. The products generated from this approach are the Maximum Envelopes of Water (MEOWs) and the Maximum of MEOWs (MOMs) … [which] play an integral role in emergency management as they form the basis for the development of the nation’s evacuation zones.

As Nietzsche once said: “If you … desire to diminish and lower the level of human pain, you also have to diminish and lower the level of their capacity for joy.”