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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain, And Flash Flooding Across the Midwest

Strong to severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding is possible from the Great Lakes to the south-central Plains, as a strong cold front pushes into the extended area. Meanwhile, well above average temperatures are very likely across the Northeastern quad of the country, including the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Read More >

Flash Flood Guidance

 

Flash Flood Guidance is an estimate of the amount of rainfall required over a given area during a given duration to cause small streams to flood. These estimates are based on the current soil moisture and stream flow conditions for the area. Flash Flood Guidance is routinely issued by National Weather Service (NWS) River Forecast Centers, and is used by NWS Weather Forecast Offices when issuing Flash Flood Watches and Warnings to the public. Note: Less rainfall is required to produce flash flooding in urban areas.

 

 


 


 

One-Hour Flash Flood Guidance


 

Latest 1-hour Flash Flood Guidance Graphic.

 

 

Three-Hour Flash Flood Guidance


 

Latest 3-hour Flash Flood Guidance Graphic.

 

 

Six-Hour Flash Flood Guidance


 

Latest 6-hour Flash Flood Guidance Graphic.

 

 


Headwater Guidance Text Product

 

Headwater Guidance

 

The Flash Flood Guidance Text Products (BOSFFGMA, BOSFFGME and BOSFFGNY) were discontinued on April 1, 2019.