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The National Water Model: The Next Wave of Flood Prediction Technology

Remember when you first upgraded to an HDTV? Suddenly, you were able to see all the detail you didn’t know you were missing. Well, the National Weather Service will soon be making a similar upgrade — in terms of its flood prediction technology — when it launches its new National Water Model later this summer. To […]

Flooding along the Brazos River west of Houston in May/June 2016. (Photo: Al Ortiz, Houston Public Media0)Remember when you first upgraded to an HDTV? Suddenly, you were able to see all the detail you didn’t know you were missing.

Well, the National Weather Service will soon be making a similar upgrade — in terms of its flood prediction technology — when it launches its new National Water Model later this summer.

To find out what the National Water Model is — and how it works — Michael Hagerty asked Greg Waller of the National Weather Service’s West Gulf River Forecast Center.

(Above: Flooding along the Brazos River west of Houston in June 2016. (Photo: Al Ortiz, Houston Public Media)

MORE:
The National Water Model (National Water Center/NOAA)
New Flood Forecasting System May Help Warn Houston The Next Time (News 88.7, April 19, 2016)

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