Regional Facility Highlight: Southeast River Forecast Center
NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) is located in Peachtree City, Georgia. The SERFC is responsible for the production of river forecasts for all rivers that drain into the Atlantic Ocean along the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, as well as the rivers that drain into the Gulf of Mexico from Mobile Bay to the southernmost tip of Florida. This is an area of almost 270,000 square miles. In addition, the SERFC provides hydrologic support for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The SERFC is a lead agency in providing a wide variety of hydrometeorological information to its customers both inside and outside of NOAA, routinely coordinating with agencies such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Almost seven out of every ten inland-moving tropical storms or hurricanes affect its area of responsibility. Consequently, the SERFC plays a key role in the advance warning of inland floods associated with tropical activity.
The SERFC staff is composed of 15 individuals with civil engineering, meteorology, hydrology, and water resource expertise. The SERFC provides a wide range of water forecasts, which includes everything from five-day river forecasts provided to NWS Weather Forecast Office meteorologists and the general public, to outlooks as much as a year in advance for water management agencies. On the Southeast River Forecast Center’s website you will find daily water forecasts and outlooks for about 100 specific river locations. A number of forecast service locations can swell to about 250 times during times of flooding! You will also find Doppler radar estimates of rainfall adjusted by actual rain gauges, model-derived streamflow projections for the next 90 days, precipitation forecasts, and recently added short-term hydrologic ensemble forecasts based on dozens of potential precipitation scenarios in the 3-7 day timeframe. At the bottom of the web page under the heading “Stay Informed, you can subscribe to alerts from the SERFC of important water resources and hydrologic vulnerability information. For more information, contact Todd Hamill, Service Coordination Hydrologist.”