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Track Storm Flooding in Real-Time
From the Stream to Your Desktop?

Released: 8/26/2005 12:57:23 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
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Reston, VA 20192
Ann Tihansky 1-click interview
Phone: 813-975-8620 x148



Website screenshot of Florida showing the map of real-time streamflow compared to historical streamflow for August 30, 2005

Did you know that from your desk you can monitor the effect of Hurricane Katrina on Florida’s waterways? The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) WaterWatch Web site can show you what’s happening to streams in your local area and show you the places most affected by heavy rains expected from the storm.

From the website http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/, click on Florida to select a gaging station on a local stream. You can produce customized graphs and tables showing stream level for the past 1-31 days.

The USGS operates a network of over 400 continuously-recording stream gages throughout Florida. Most of these sites utilize satellite telemetry to provide time-critical information to the National Weather Service for flood forecasting, emergency and regulatory agencies, and the general public. Throughout the year USGS scientists collect flow, gage height, and velocity data which are used to develop ratings that are entered in the USGS computer database. New information on gage height and velocity are continuously collected by electronic dataloggers in the field and transmitted to the USGS computer database via satellite. The USGS computer then uses these data with the stored ratings to compute flow which is displayed on the USGS realtime data web site at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/current/?type=flow&group_key=basin_cd.

In many cases, the data are available online within minutes.

For more information on USGS flood-related activities, please see: http://water.usgs.gov/osw/.

USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state. They can provide more detailed information on stream conditions and on the USGS response to local events: http://water.usgs.gov/district_chief.html.

For more information on USGS storm-related activities, please see the following sites:


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