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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 made a similar upgrade last summer in terms of its flood prediction technology when it launched the new National Water Model. With yet another flooding event in […]

flood 9Remember 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 made a similar upgrade last summer in terms of its flood prediction technology when it launched the new National Water Model.

With yet another flooding event in Greater Houston just two weeks ago (Jan. 18, 2017), we thought now would be a good time to revisit Michael Hagerty’s conversation from last June with Greg Waller of the National Weather Service’s West Gulf River Forecast Center, who explains how the National Water Model works and what it’ll mean for local emergency management officials.

(Above: Flooding of White Oak Bayou at Studemont in The Heights on Jan. 18, 2017. Photo: Gail Delaughter, 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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