This animation shows tropical cyclone Irene's wind vectors and modeled (1) storm surge, and (2) total water elevations, the latter of which also includes the tides. A zoom-in to the New York City area is shown to the right. The animations are discussed in a blog past at: wp.me/p1chAh-pU
The research, including comparisons of observed and modeled water elevations, is summarized in a published, peer-reviewed paper:
Orton, P. M., N. Georgas, A. Blumberg, and J. Pullen, 2012. Detailed Modeling of Recent Severe Storm Tides in Estuaries of the New York City Region, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2012JC008220, in press.