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Flash Flood Risk in the Mid-Atlantic; Storms in the High Plains; Critical Fire Weather Threats in the West

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will pose a flash flood risk for the Mid-Atlantic. Severe thunderstorms are possible through Friday from the northern and central Plains to the Upper Midwest. Elevated and critical fire weather conditions with isolated dry thunderstorm potential across a large part of the West. Above average temperatures are expected in the Southern Plains and Northeast. 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.