4 Places to Find Flood Forecast Maps

Floods September 09, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

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There are a number of websites available to help you determine and monitor potential flooding in your area. The following websites allow users to monitor regional, state, and local flood outlooks.

1. River Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) posts daily updates to the national river gauge map showing the threat of water inundation. Map views can be filtered by region, state, or river. River gauges are reported as major, moderate, minor flooding, near flood stage, or no flooding. These maps can help you gauge potential risk in your area. 

National River Gauge Map September 22, 2014


You can zoom into a specific location on the map to see the stage of flooding in the area of interest.

River gauge for SW Riverfront Washington, DC September 22, 2014


You can select the node for more detailed information on a given area.

SW Washington, DC River Gauge Detail Summary September 22, 2014


Daily Precipitation Maps

This site offers maps showing the anticipated daily precipitation.

U.S. Precipitation Map September 22, 2014


You can zoom into the area of interest

U.S. Precipitation Map Zoomed in to Maryland area


Precipitation & Flood Forecast:

This site provides a quick overview of the expected precipitation in your region.

U.S. Graphical Precipitation Forecast


48 Hour Weather Forecasts:

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment hosts this site. A variety of National Weather Service maps are assembled on the site. Each map can be filtered for information related to your state. 

Screen shot of the Next48 website main page.

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